Home health agencies are getting an additional six months to prepare for a new CMS rule aimed at improving quality and patient care.
The rule, first proposed by the Obama administration,requirednew training for staff and administrators and more coordination of care. Industry stakeholders asked the CMS for more time to comply with the rule. The CMS responded by delaying the original effective date from July 13to Jan. 13, 2018.
The CMS will also exempt home health administrators employed before January from having to undergo the additional training. A home health agency administrator supervises clinical staffers who provide medical treatment to in-home patients. The Obama administration required that a home health agency administrator be a licensed physician or a registered nurse. It also required administrators to have at least one year of supervisory or administrative experience in home healthcare or a related healthcare program.