In response to multiple requests, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS“) have extended the deadline for comments on the proposed changes to the home health conditions of participation (“CoPs“).  Home health providers and other interested stakeholders now have until 5:00 p.m. EST on January 7, 2015 to submit comments

Our colleagues at Epstein Becker Green released a client alert: “Medicare’s Proposed Home Health Rule for 2015: CMS Suggests Only Limited Relief to the Face-to-Face Encounter Documentation Requirements but Continued Compliance Burdens on Home Health Agencies,” by Emily E. Bajcsi and Serra J. Schlanger.

Following is an excerpt:

On July 7, 2014, the

The federal rate review program requires that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services establish state-specific thresholds for the following year’s rate review program by June 1. This year, only two states, Alaska and Wisconsin, submitted state-specific threshold proposals to the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight. Both of these requests were denied on June 1. This health reform alert provides a summary of the state-specific threshold guidance and proposals and discusses potential trends for rate review state-specific thresholds and the implications for federal rate review.
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