Conditions of Participation

CMS Proposes to Reform Home Health and Hospice Regulatory Requirements

2018-10-08T19:32:47+07:00September 27, 2018|News|

On September 17th, CMS held a public event to share its proposal to reform several home health and hospice regulatory requirements. The proposal includes changes to current home health and hospice regulatory requirements, Conditions of Participation (CoPs), and Conditions for Coverage. According to CMS, this will “simplify and streamline the current regulations and thereby increase provider

Changes to Hospice NOE Process Coming July 2018

2018-06-21T23:48:19+07:00June 21, 2018|News|

On June 7, 2018, CMS announced improvements to the hospice NOE process for hospice elections received on or after July 2, 2018. A new hospice election period format will be added to the Common Working File (CWF) system to carry election-related information. The existing hospice benefit period screens will continue to look the same, but

Performance Improvement Project Implementation: Ensuring Home Health QAPI Compliance

2019-01-23T01:05:06+07:00June 15, 2018|News|

Having a Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) program is mandated by the new Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs). While home health agencies should already have their QAPI programs up and running, you have until July 13, 2018 to implement and document at least one performance improvement project (PIP) to ensure compliance with the

Home health infection prevention & control

2019-10-25T01:45:47+07:00November 28, 2017|Home Health|

Six Tips for Home Health Infection Prevention & Control The new Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs) demand a greater focus on home health infection prevention and control. They state that as a component of an agency’s QAPI program, it must establish, document, and maintain a home health infection prevention & control program with a goal of preventing

Hospice Emergency Preparedness: A Guide to Success

2017-12-19T02:22:05+07:00September 26, 2017|News|

Beginning on November 15, 2017, hospice agencies must be prepared to demonstrate compliance with the Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers Final Rule. CMS is releasing a new Appendix Z of the State Operations Manual (SOM) that contains the interpretive guidelines and survey procedures for the final rule. An advance copy can be

Home health conditions of participation FAQ

2019-10-25T02:00:16+07:00June 5, 2017|Home Health|

Home Health Conditions of Participation FAQ: BACKGROUND Home Health Conditions of Participation FAQ: 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

Home Health CoPs: 5 Tips for HHCoPs Preparation

2018-06-16T02:59:46+07:00May 12, 2017|News|

Home Health Conditions of Participation: 5 Tips for HHCoPs Preparation Over the past several weeks, home health regulatory expert Mary St. Pierre, RN, BSN, MGA has been breaking down the new Home Health CoPs, including: QAPI Infection Control, Care Planning & Coordination Patient Rights Requirements Comprehensive Assessment of Patients, Skilled Professional Services, and Home Health

HEALTHCAREfirst Announces HHCoPs Complimentary Webinar

2018-04-07T03:43:23+07:00May 4, 2017|Press Release|

Springfield, Mo. – May 4, 2017 – HEALTHCAREfirst, the leading provider of Web-based home health and hospice software, billing and coding services, and advanced analytics, announced that it is has partnered with home health regulatory expert, Mary St. Pierre, RN, BSN, MGA for a HHCoPs Complimentary Webinar. “Despite the proposed delay in the implementation of the

Breaking Down the New Home Health Conditions of Participation: Personnel Qualifications, Emergency Preparedness, Compliance with Regulations, Administration of Services, and Clinical Records

2018-06-16T03:04:53+07:00May 3, 2017|News|

Breaking Down the New Home Health Conditions of Participation: Personnel Qualifications, Emergency Preparedness, Compliance with Regulations, Administration of Services, and Clinical Records To help you prepare for the new Home Health CoPs, HEALTHCAREfirst has partnered with home health care consultant and regulatory expert, Mary St. Pierre, RN, BSN, MGA, for a series of blog articles regarding the