CMS Technical Advisor to Provide Overview on Proposed Conditions of Participation
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
by: Visiting Nurse Associations of America

Section: Quality and Educational Programming




VNAA is pleased to announce that Danielle Shearer, Technical Advisor at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), will provide an overview of the new proposed Conditions of Participation (CoPs) for VNAA members. Please join us on Dec. 2 from 2-3 p.m. ET (11 a.m.-12 p.m. PT) as Danielle provides a presentation outlining the transformational changes in the proposed COP rule. To register for the VNAA Member only call, please click here.

In an all member conference call on Nov. 17, Vice President of Quality and Innovation Margaret "Peg" Terry and expert consultant Bob Wardwell provided an overview of significant changes to the current CoPs. Wardwell and Terry pointed out that many of the changes are in line with standards used by accrediting bodies such as the Joint Commission and are largely favorable to nonprofit home health providers.

Wardwell and Terry pointed out that many of the changes are in line with standards used by accrediting bodies such as the Joint Commission and are largely favorable to nonprofit home health providers. The most significant changes are under the categories of patient rights and coordination of care between providers. VNAA members expressed concerns regarding changes in the CoP that requirement documentation to be provided in "timely" or "readily available" manner. The exact definition of "timely" and "readily available" is not clear and VNAA will ask for clarification in a comment letter to be filed in the coming weeks. Members also had questions around the newly created role of the clinical manager in the CoP and VNAA will seek more clarification on the qualifications for this role. VNAA will circulate its comment letter for further member input.

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