As any healthcare provider involved with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services knows, following CMS directives is critical. That makes it all the more stressful when new rules are introduced or guidelines change. Such is the case with the new Home Health Agency Conditions of Participation (CoPs) that rolled out this year.
As of January 13, 2018, home health agencies have a new set of rules to follow. Initially slated for a 2017 implementation, CMS delayed the enactment as they tweaked the new CoPs to get them to their final stage, which is now applicable to all home health care agencies. CMS mandates can be confusing enough to begin with, but the new CoPs make this year especially challenging for home health agencies.