Regulatory Compliance
As agencies work to comply with the revised Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs), they continue to ask detailed questions of industry experts. Here are responses from consultant Arlene Maxim, a home health expert based in Troy, Mich., attorney Robert Markette of Indianapolis-based Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman and attorney Elizabeth Pearson of Pearson & Bernard in Edgewood, Ky.
President Donald Trump has submitted a national budget for 2019 which, like his prior annual budget, provided guidelines that may or may not be followed by Congress.
Amid the national #MeToo movement centered on sexual harassment and gender discrimination in American culture, agencies should be prepared to take action after learning an employee has made allegations via social media regarding the agency, its clients or its managers.
CMS will hold a home health, hospice and durable medical equipment (DME) open door forum 2 p.m. EST Feb 28.
Agencies gearing up for the performance improvement project (PIP) requirement under the revised Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs) should closely examine a sample project created by the Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) National Campaign.
Conduct a quality audit of documentation your therapists submit. CMS’ targeted probe-and-educate review is ongoing, and it’s clear that therapy and therapists’ documentation will be among the things Medicare Administrative Contactors (MACs) review. 
Following a recent DecisionHealth webinar about how to prepare for the patient rights portion of CMS’ revised Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs), agencies asked questions of home health consultant J’non Griffin, president of Home Health Solutions, LLC in Carbon Hill, Ala. Here are some of Griffin’s answers.
Despite high-level talk of cuts to Medicare and Medicaid and a recent blow to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), agencies don’t need to worry too much about further cuts to federal programs in 2018, industry experts say.
Home health agencies and other providers with a low volume of pending appeals at the administrative law judge (ALJ) level should register for a CMS call 1:30 to 3 p.m. EST Feb. 13. Attendees will learn more about a new settlement option now available.
Experts fear a lack of detailed surveyor training from CMS on the revised Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs) could lead to inconsistency in interpretation.


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