Home Health Conditions of Participation (COPS) FAQ

BACKGROUND

In January 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs) final rule in the Federal Register. The CoPs are the minimum health and safety standards that a home health agency must meet in order to participate in Medicare and/or Medicaid programs. The regulation, which included amended provisions to a proposed rule that was posted nearly two years prior, will become effective on July 13, 2017, with some elements of the Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) changes scheduled to take effect January 2018.

 

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