CMS Extends CoP Comment Period to January 7

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has agreed to accept public comments for an extra month on the proposed Conditions of Participation (CoPs) for home health agencies after HCA and other industry stakeholders formally requested additional time to compile feedback on the rule. Comments were originally due on December 8, but CMS has now extended the comment period until January 7, 2015.

The proposed rule includes a set of updated requirements focused on new patient rights, comprehensive patient assessment, and patient care planning and coordination, as well as an enhanced quality assessment and performance improvement program.

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