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CMS Releases HHA Interpretive Guidelines for New Conditions of Participation

Tuesday, September 4, 2018   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Robin Childers
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On August 31, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the Home Health Agency (HHA) Interpretive Guidelines associated with the new Conditions of Participation (CoPs) for HHAs that became effective on January 13, 2018.

The Interpretive Guidelines will be incorporated into the State Operations Manual (SOM), Appendix B. For now, the Interpretive Guidelines are available here. We recommend that you download and save.

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Robin Childers says...
Posted Tuesday, September 4, 2018
You'll want to note that CMS added pulse oximetry as NOT a required physician order as part of the Interpretive Guidelines. See item G576. "Note: Pulse oximetry is a ubiquitous assessment tool, often used as a part of routine vital signs across health care providers. Routine monitoring of vital signs, including pulse oximetry, do not require a physician order."

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