Days after the new home health conditions of participation (CoPs) went into effect on Jan. 13, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a revised protocol for surveyors. The update provides more information on how home health care agencies will be surveyed under the new CoPs, which dictate how providers qualify to offer Medicare-certified services.
The update comes as home health care agencies are still waiting on the finalized interpretive guidelines (IGs) from CMS on the new regulations. The IGs are likely to offer additional explanations for certain requirements.
The revised CoP protocols assign new survey G tags to the standards, and provide more information about how surveyors will prepare for home health agency surveys.
The new tags went into use Jan. 22, 2018.
Find the full protocols update here.
Written by Amy Baxter