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  • New HHA Medicare, Medicaid Participation Requirements Won't Launch Until January 2018

    It's now final: the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has suspended startup of revised conditions of participation (CoP) for home health agencies (HHAs) until January 13, 2018. The new CoP originally were set to begin on July 13 of this year.

    According to CMS, the updated minimum standards for HHAs that serve Medicare and Medicaid would strengthen patient rights, encourage more effective communication between patients and caregivers, and result in better outcomes reporting. HHAs had expressed concerns that they didn't have enough time to prepare for the changes.

    In addition to pushing back the launch date, CMS also finalized July 13, 2018, as the phase-in date for related performance improvement projects.

    According to CMS, a preliminary draft of revised CoP guidelines will be available to HHA stakeholders in fall 2017, with a final version published in December 2017. CMS had signaled the possibility of a delay earlier this year.