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Revised CoP's for Home Health
Tue, April 11, 2017, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM EDT
Revised Home Health Conditions of Participation
Presented by: Judy Adams, RN, BSN, HCS-D, HCS-O
The Kentucky Home Health Association for Home Care is pleased to provide this one day educational session on the revised Home Health Conditions of Participation that are effective July 13, 2017.
After more than 3 decades, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a significantly revised and comprehensive set of regulations for the provision of home health services. These long awaited regulations apply to all patients served by certified home health agencies and will require considerable time and effort by home health agency management and clinical staff to identify and be prepare for full compliance by July 2017.
The overall goal of the revised Conditions of Participation is to focus on a patient-centered, data-driven, outcomes-oriented process that promotes high quality patient care at all times for all patients. Changes are integral to CMS’ overall effort to improve the quality of care furnished through Medicare and Medicaid programs, while streamlining requirements for providers.
This one day program will explore major changes including:
- Structural change to group the Conditions into three sections: General Provisions. Patient Care, and Organizational Environment.
- Eliminate a number of current standards such as: 60 day MD summary, Group of professionals, Quarterly record review, and existence of subunits.
- Combine all professional services into one integrated set of standards rather than separate standards for each skilled service that focus on appropriate patient care activities and supervision across all disciplines.
- Expanded patient care requirements related to patient rights, additional assessment, Plan of Care requirements, integrated care planning and care coordination.
- An integrated communication system that ensures patient’s needs are identified and addressed, care is coordinated between all disciplines, an there is active communication between the home health agency and the patient’s physician.
- Increases Administrative and governing body involvement and accountability.
- Major revisions to definition and responsibilities of Administrator and Clinical Manager
- New Conditions of Participation:
- Infection prevention and control requirement focused on use of standard infection control practices, and patient/caregiver education and teaching.
- A data-driven, agency-wide quality assessment and performance improvement (QAPI) program that continually evaluates and improves agency care for all patients at all times.
Plus, a next steps tool to help agencies to identify key activities needed to be prepared for implementation by July 2017.