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.