The Clinician’s Guide to the New Conditions of Participation:
Part 2: The Comprehensive Assessment

By Jill Dyer, BSN, RN, HCS-D, HCS-O of J.I.D. Consulting and Coding

While it’s not a new requirement, the comprehensive assessment is now designated as its own individual condition — with four new standards — under the Medicare Conditions of Participation (CoPs). Clinicians conducting comprehensive and initial assessments need to know how this affects their work, and what they can do to ensure their agency remains compliant.

Home health clinical expert Jill Dyer, BSN, RN, HCS-D, HCS-O developed this helpful guide to outline the detailed requirements for conducting and documenting compliant comprehensive assessments. This tip sheet is the second in our new, ongoing series, The Clinician’s Guide to the New Conditions of Participation. Read the first installment reviewing patient rights in the CoPs here.

Whether you're an administrator looking to support staff education, or a clinician busy with patient care, this tip sheet is for you.

Read to learn about:

  • The required timelines for completing both the initial and the comprehensive assessments
  • How the initial assessment and the comprehensive assessment interact 
  • Best practices for conducting the comprehensive assessment
  • Important additional information in the draft interpretive guidelines
Download this tip sheet to better understand clinicians' vital role in CoPs compliance! 

About the Author

Jill Dyer, BSN, RN, HCS-D, HCS-OJill Dyer, BSN, RN, HCS-D, HCS-O is a senior-level home health executive with progressive management experience in home health. Jill was co-owner and administrator of a home health agency with more than 350 patients, a position in which she served from 2005 to February of 2012. Jill is certified as a home care coding and OASIS specialist, and is an accomplished nurse with 33 years of experience as a home health administrator, home health director of nursing, and nurse consultant for home health.


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