After proposing to push back the implementation date of the new home health care conditions of participation (CoPs)the requirements for home health care agencies (HHAs) to participate in Medicarethe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized the rule on Friday, July 7.The effective date for HHAs to comply with the new requirements is Jan. 13, 2018, six months later than the original July 13, 2017, date. The delay gives agencies more time to prepare for the changes, which represent the first significant update in decades.

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