CMS Implements Changes to Home Health Care Agency Change of Ownership Rules


Beginning January 1, 2010 CMS has implemented significant changes to how it will process and deal with changes of ownership to

Medicare Certified Home Health Agencies ("CHHAs"). The changes are as a result of new program integrity safeguards for CHHAs

and were set forth in the most recent Home Health Agency (HHA) Prospective Payment System Final Rule from CMS.

There are two significant changes to the change of ownership process for CHHAs. The changes involve CHHAs that have had their

provider number deactivated and whether or not a CHHA undergoing a change ownership will be required to undergo a new

provider enrollment process.

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