The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Final Rule for the Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs) Delay. Items that had a July 13, 2017 implementation date that impact the Plan of Care as well as other changes are delayed until January 13, 2018.
Additional changes to the final rule include:
- Finalizing the revised July 13, 2018 phase-in date for performance improvement projects. All other QAPI requirements are effective on January 13, 2018.
- “Grandfathering” the personnel requirements for current administrators employed by home health agencies by January 13, 2018. These administrators will not have to meet the new personnel requirements in the CoPs final rule. The new education and training requirements will have to be met by administrators who start their employment on or after January 13, 2018
Interpretive Guidelines are still under development with a preliminary draft expected in Fall 2017 with the final draft in December 2017. CMS did say that even if the interpretive guidelines were delayed it would not delay the implementation date of the new CoPs on January 13, 2018.
Our Careficient development team is working on the changes to the Careficient AMS application to support the upcoming changes to the CoPs.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Careficient support team at 772-212-2776 or you can send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a Great Day, The Team at Careficient, Inc.