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CMS Will Not Delay Home Health CoPs

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) remains strong on their decision to uphold the January 13, 2018 effective date for the new home health conditions of participation (CoPs).

Despite postponing it once this past summer, industry stakeholders have been campaigning for another delay in the implementation date. Some industry groups are frustrated about the fact that CMS has not yet issued the final version of the interpretive guidelines.  

CMS has taken measures to alleviate industry concerns around the new CoPs. For the first year following the effective date of the new CoPs—between January 13, 2018 to January 13, 2019—CMS will not impose any Civil Monetary Penalties (CMPs) on agencies who are taking actions to be compliant, according to Kate Goodrich, Director of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality at CMS.

“We will not impose [CMPs] a re-certification survey unless there is an identified Immediate Jeopardy situation.” In addition, resources have been made available—including a dedicated e-mail inbox and the sharing of the draft guidelines—CMS has held steadfast on the January 13, 2018 effective date.

According to Goodrich, “The availability of the tools for compliance … as well as the need for the flexibilities and improvements that are reflected in the new regulations, enable home health agencies to meet the January 13, 2018, implementation date in a manner that is in the best interest of home health agencies and their patients.” The “flexibilities” in the draft guidelines, is a welcomed aspect for home health providers and allows agencies to be compliant with the new CoPs, regardless of the final interpretative guidelines.

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