This is a recording of the January 19, 2017, webinar VNAA hosted to discuss their analysis of the Home Health Conditions of Participation Final Rule and their potential impact and implications for home health agencies.
The final rule will be published in the Federal Register on January 13, 2017, and has stated that agencies will have until July 13, 2017, to comply with the new regulations.
This rule is the first rule to modernize the home health regulations since 1989.
A brief overview of changes from the Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs) Final Rule include:
– A requirement for an integrated communication system that ensures patient needs are met, care is coordinated and that there is active communication between a home health agency and the patient’s physicians.
– A requirement for data-driven, agency-wide quality assessment and performance improvement (QAPI) program that evaluates and improves agency care for patients at all times.
– An expanded patient care coordination requirement that makes a licensed clinician responsible for all patient care services, such as coordinating referrals and assuring plans of care meet patients’ needs.
Other CoPs that are included in the final rule related to ensuring documented communication, care coordination and a comprehensive patient assessment that ensures all aspects of patient well-being. The rule also requires clearly stated comprehensive patient rights and the steps to assure those rights.