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New Home Health CoPs Came into Effect but Compliance and Preparedness is Still Questionable

Posted on Monday, January 22, 2018 1:25 PM

Home care agencies now must comply with the new CoPs that went into effect on January 13th.  The final interpretative guidelines have not been released yet, but CMS feels that there has been enough information to go forward since they did release a draft of the IGs in October.  Agencies are still nervous as they want to see the exact interpretation. Fortunately, CMS is not going to impose any civil monetary penalties until January 2019.

“One of the top remaining issues has to do with patient rights. Inconsistent wording throughout the CoPs has made it difficult for some providers to understand exactly what their requirements are, while some vague language has also left interpretation up in the air, including whether a patient or their legal representative needs to sign that they have received a copy of the notice of rights and responsibilities.”

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