CMS Conditions of Participation for Home Health Agencies – Proposed Delay of Effective Date

PUBLISHED: Mar 31, 2017
Relevant to: Home Health

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid has proposed delaying the effective date of "Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Conditions of Participation for Home Health Agencies" published in the Federal Register on January 13, 2017. The current effective date for the final rule is July 13, 2017, and this rule proposes to delay the effective date for an additional 6 months, until January 13, 2018.

This proposed rule would also make two conforming changes to dates that are included in the regulations text. First, a phase-in date for the requirements at §484.65(d) -- “Standard: Performance improvement projects.” CMS is proposing to revise the phase-in date for the requirements at §484.65(d) by replacing the January 13, 2018 date with a July 13, 2018 date. Second, CMS is proposing to revise §484.115(a) -- “Standard: Administrator, home health agency.” In this provision, CMS grandfathered in all administrators employed by HHAs prior to the effective date of the January 2017 HHA CoPs final rule, meaning that those administrators employed by an HHA prior to July 13, 2017 would not have to meet the new personnel requirements. CMS is proposing to replace the July 13, 2017 effective date at §484.115(a)(1) and (2) with the proposed effective date of January 13, 2018.

CMS is accepting comments on this proposed rule. Comments must be received no later than 5 p.m. 60 days after the date of publication in the Federal Register. Refer to file code CMS-3819-P2. See proposed rule for instructions on how to submit comments.

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