Proposed Conditions of Participation UPDATE!!!

CMS released the proposed rule on October 6, 2014 that would update the home health Conditions of Participation.  The Conditions of Participation have needed a major update since 1989 to help agencies focus on patient care and patient outcomes.  CMS states, “This proposed regulation focuses on assuring the protection and promotion of patient rights; enhances the process for care planning, delivery, and coordination of services; streamlines regulatory requirements; and builds a foundation for ongoing, data-driven, agency-wide quality improvement.”

You will find the proposed CoPs at https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2014-23895.pdf.  I encourage you to read this document thoroughly and submit your comments as directed.  CMS’ website for the Proposed Conditions of Participation is http://www.cms.gov/Center/Provider-Type/Home-Health-Agency-HHA-Center.html.

Sincerely,

Kimberly Searcy

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