The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a draft of its interpretive guidelines for the home health Conditions of Participation (CoPs), which are scheduled to be implemented January 13, 2018.

The draft comes as the home health care industry has waited for the guidelines for months, hoping CMS would include more guidance on specific changes in the updated CoPs.

Without the interpretive guidelines, some in the industry speculated another delay of the implementation date could be coming. CMS already delayed the effective date of the new CoPs—which govern how home health care agencies qualify to participate in Medicare and Medicaid—in April.

Association groups and providers were looking for clarity within the guidelines, specifically over new requirements within the patient bill of rights and new personnel requirements, among other changes.

Read the draft interpretive guidelines:

3819-F.HomeHealthAgency.CoPs_IGs

Written by Amy Baxter