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
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
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
On November 1, 2017, CMS released the draft Home Health Interpretive Guidelines for the final Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs), which took effect on January 13, 2018. The draft was released for review and comment to select industry groups. The Home Health Interpretive Guidelines are intended to clarify the CoPs for both providers and
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 and controlling communicable diseases.
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: 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.
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
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
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