Faso Applauds Delay of Washington Mandate on Home-Care Agencies

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Washington, D.C., April 3, 2017 | comments

Washington, D.C. – Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) issued the following statement on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) decision to delay the implementation of new federal Conditions of Participation (CoPs):

“I recently sent a letter to CMS urging them to delay new changes to the Conditions of Participation that would negatively impact Home Health Agencies (HHAs) and the timely delivery of healthcare in our district. If these changes were implemented now, HHAs would be given little time to adapt and train their staffs. Not only would this be difficult, it would be extremely costly and a risk to patients. I appreciate CMS for listening to the concerns of our healthcare professionals and their decision to delay these new mandates for a year. Now home-care professionals can continue to provide care for the sick and elderly without Washington getting between patient and caregiver,” said Faso.

The following 19th District agencies and managed care plans would be affected by the CoPs changes:

  • 39 Certified Home Health Agencies
  • 35 Mainstream Medicaid managed care plans 
  • 35 Managed Long Term Care plans
  • 518 Licensed Home Care Services Agencies

“The Home Health Conditions of Participation are the most sweeping changes to home-care regulations in over 20 years, touching just about every aspect of an agency’s operation,” says Home Care Association (HCA) of New York State President Joanne Cunningham. “When these federal requirements were finalized, in January, home-care providers were given just six months to understand dozens of new rules, develop protocols to implement them, train staff, and ensure compliance. HCA immediately went to Washington to ask our federal representatives to seek a delay. We greatly appreciate Rep. Faso’s quick engagement on this issue and thank him for his work to assist in convincing the federal government to delay these rules so that providers, patients, and enforcement agencies all benefit from more time to get them right.” 


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