CMS Attempts to Clarify New Home Health Change of Ownership Regulations but Creates Confusion

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published the final rule implementing changes to the home health regulations under the Calendar Year (CY) 2010 Home Health Prospective Payment System. Among these changes is a new provision that addresses changes of ownership of Home Health Agencies (HHAs). According to CMS, this provision addresses “concerns about turn-key sales of new HHAs where there is no assurance that the buyer can maintain compliance with the conditions of participation.”

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