Must-Read News: CoPs Will Not Be Delayed

Happy Monday, Home Health Care News readers. We’re feeling all kinds of holiday spirit in our home base of Chicago coming into December.

Catch up on all things home health and home care with our must-read news, and keep reading to see our top stories from last week.

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At the top of the news last week was word from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that the agency would not delay the upcoming implementation date for the new home health Conditions of Participation (CoPs). CMS told the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) the effective date will remain the same even though CMS has not yet released the finalize interpretive guidelines for home health care providers.

A recent Yale University study found that nearly half of all hospice patients are admitted within the last two weeks of life. We explored what some providers are doing to improve transition times and why there are barriers to admitting patients to hospice care sooner.

Electronic visit verification (EVV) requirements are coming in the next few years, with some technology burdens for home-based care providers. Read about the dilemma of how states could adapt the requirements over time.

Written by Amy Baxter

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Amy Baxter
Assistant Editor at Home Health Care News
When not writing about all things home health, Amy fulfills her lifelong dream of becoming a pirate by sailing in regattas and enjoying rum. Fun fact: she sailed 333 miles across Lake Michigan in the Chicago Yacht Club "Race to Mackinac."

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