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Newsletter – March 2017

Newsletter – March 2017

By In Newsletters On March 1, 2017


July 13, 2017 Revised Medicare COP’s

Starting July 13, 2017, Medicare has made changes to its Conditions of Participation. These changes were put into place to ensure more direct patient participation by in their care by the patient themselves, in an effort to achieve better quality outcomes.

The changes include:

    1.  Refined definition of verbal orders
    2. Updated Patient Bill of Rights
    3. Performance Improvement will be rolled into QAPI
    4. Enhanced Patient Care Coordination
    5. Refined Agency Administrator definition
    6. Revised responsibilities of the Governing Board regarding QAPI
    7. PAC committees will cease to be a requirement
    8. Redefined requirements for patient education efforts
    9. HHA’s no longer required to have a physician
    10. Incorporation of prevention of infectious disease to infection control procedures
    11. Therapists will be empowered to determine homehealth aide assignments
    12. Updated Home Health Aide training regarding any lapse in service exceeding 24 months
    13. Clinical Manager now must be available during all operating hours
    14. Addition of Clinical Manager
    15. Best Practices

...And over 150 more changes!

MassHealth Continues its Moratorium

Effective February 15, 2017

CMS granted approval for EOHHS and MassHealth to extend the temporary moratorium through August 11, 2017. The moratorium was expanded to include HCBS (Home and Community Based Services) Waivers as well. For more information, visit:
http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/provider/insurance/masshealth/aca/aca-program-integrity-provisions.html

What’s New at CHC

Certified Homecare Consulting now has the long awaited add on and stand alone Pediatric Home Health policies available for purchase! Policies now available to add on to your start up or existing home health agency include:

  • Behavioral Health (Rev. 2016)
  • Infusion Therapy
  • Palliative Care
  • Pediatrics

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