Debi Damas

CMS Proposes New Rule for Home Care Agencies!!

Blog Post created by Debi Damas Support on Oct 7, 2014

Seems that CMS is on a roll this week with new and proposed regulations.  Home care regulations were last updated in 1989.  While a proposed rule was issued in 1997, it was never completed.

 

So, to the 12,000+ home care agencies out there, looks like it is time for a regulatory facelift!

 

The biggest changes are a requirement that patient rights are explained to them in a language they understand.  Another key area, which I think most agencies are already addressing is development of programs to control and prevent infections and communicable diseases.

 

The proposed rule can be located here:

 

http://www.ofr.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2014-23895_PI.pdf

 

The comment period is open for 60 days, so if you have something to say about these proposed changes, let CMS know!

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