CMS Announces Extension and Expansion of Moratoria on Initial Home Health Agencies
Monday, August 1, 2016
by: Visiting Nurse Associations of America

Section: Public Policy and Advocacy




On July 29, CMS released an extension and expansion of moratoria on initial home health agencies in Florida, Illinois, Michigan and Texas for up to six months. 
 
This announcement extends the moratoria statewide and also applies to providers who wish to establish home health agencies to serve Medicaid patients. Previously, the moratoria, which prohibited providers from establishing an initial Medicare-certified home health agency, were limited to specific counties in these states. 
 
CMS may extend or lift the moratoria before the end of the six-month period and, if applicable, any subsequent moratorium periods. Since 2013, CMS has only extended, but never lifted, a moratoria.
 
During this time, initial provider applicants in these states will be denied unless "their enrollment application has already been approved but not yet entered into PECOS for Medicare or the State Provider/Supplier Enrollment System for Medicaid and CHIP as of the effective date of this document." 
 
The full announcement will be published in the Federal Register on August 2, 2016.
 
Read the announcement.
 
VNAA will be providing further detail in the coming days.
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