CMS Extends Moratorium on New Home Health Agencies in Certain Geographic Areas

click here to learn more... Effective July 29, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced that it is issuing a six-month extension of its moratoria for newly enrolling home health agencies in specified geographic regions that will prohibit new provider and supplier applications in such areas. 

CMS has twice previously used this Affordable Care Act tool as part of its efforts to fight fraud, safeguard taxpayer dollars, and ensure access to care is not interrupted, and may continue to do so in the future.   The moratoria will not prevent existing providers and suppliers from continuing to deliver and bill for their services.  The moratorium extension does not extend nationally, but zeroes in on newly-enrolling home health agencies in the metropolitan areas of Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Detroit, Dallas, Houston, and Miami.

An advanced copy of the Federal Register notice indicates that, according to CMS, “the extension is necessary because the significant potential for fraud, waste and abuse continues in these areas.”  A copy of the moratoria in the Federal Register may be accessed here.

Should you have any questions regarding the moratoria, please do not hesitate to contact Lori McLaughlin at (219) 227-6075 or