Home Health Agencies no longer under CMS moratorium

As of January 30, 2019, there are no active Medicare Provider Enrollment Moratoria in any State, including Florida, or U.S. territories.

On July 31, 2013, the the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) first issued a temporary moratorium which affected providers who desired to or where in the process of enrolling as a home health agency provider. The initial temporary moratorium affected new providers in Miami-Dade County, Florida, Cook County, Illinois, and surrounding counties. Subsequently every six months, CMS has continued the temporary moratorium and has expanded the locations affected, including all of Florida, Illinois, Michigan and Texas.

However, the last moratorium expired on January 30, 2019, and CMS has not issued an extension to the temporary moratorium. As the temporary moratorium on new enrollments into the Medicare program as a Home Health Agency has been lifted. Would be providers are advised to the seek an experience health care attorney for assistance in opening and enrolling to the Medicare program as well as for the initial licensing with your respective State. For example, in Florida the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) Laboratory and In-Home Services Unit processes new applications and change of ownership applications, the fees associated with same, and the requirements for licensure and maintaining licensure.

For additional information, including receiving our approximate costs associated with becoming Medicare certified as a home health agency, from legal to health care consultant to accredition bodies, kindly email Mr. Rafael (Ralph) Gaitan, Esq.

Mr. Gaitan, is experienced health care attorney who has experience in filing and preparing initial enrollment applications (change in ownership or change in information) with Medicare and Florida AHCA’s initial licensure requirements for state licensure as a home health agency. Mr. Gaitan can be reached at (786) 440-8115 or via email to [email protected] should you require additional information or should you require assistance in challenging a FAR.