HH Conditions of Participation, Survey Protocols and Interpretive Guidelines (G-Tags)


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid have established minimum health and safety regulations that all home health agencies (HHAs) must comply with in order to participate in federal healthcare programs. These regulations are called Conditions of Participation, commonly referred to as CoPs. There are additional resources that guide home health surveyors when they inspect HHAs to ensure compliance with federal regulations. These resources are referred to as Survey Protocols and Interpretive Guidelines (G-Tags). In this course, you will learn about the most commonly cited G-tags, their associated interpretive guidelines, and the specific measures your agency can implement to lessen the possibility of survey citations.


Hours: 1.25


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

Texas Health and Human Services Commission

1.25 HOURS

Texas HHSC has determined that Relias Learning’s submitted training meets or exceeds the minimum standards for HCSSA administrator training in the following categories: Licensed and Certified Home Health (L&CHH). Texas HHSC also recognizes Relias Learning provides continuing education for administrators and alternate administrators. This activity is approved for 1.25 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-SRC-0-CPSPIG
Hours: 1.25
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 12/31/2021
Learning Objectives:
Describe the purpose and history of home health Survey Protocols and Interpretive Guidelines (G-Tags).
Identify how G-Tags are used during the Medicare/Medicaid Survey and Certification process.
List the most problematic G-Tags.
Describe how any deficiencies cited during the survey impact the agency.
Describe G-Tags in relationship to national standards in home health.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: History and Purpose of Home Health G-Tags A. Conditions of Participation B. Survey Process C. CoP Sections D. Review Section 3: Medicare/Medicaid Survey Process A. Initial Certification B. Recertification C. Partial Extended Survey D. Extended Survey E. Compliance vs. Noncompliance F. Review Section 4: Problematic Standards (G-Tags) A. CoP 484.14 B. G143 C. G144 D. CoP 484.10 E. CoP 484.12 F. CoP 484.18 G. G158 H. G159 I. CoP 484.30 J. CoP 484.32 K. CoP 484.48 L. CoP 484.55 M. Review Section 5: The Successful Home Health Survey A. Survey Preparation B. Utilizing Reports C. Accessible Information D. Review Section 5: The Successful Home Health Survey A. Summary B. Course Contributors C. References D. Congratulations

Instructor: Sandra S. Lentz, RN
Ms. Lentz has 25 years of experience in the home health and hospice industry in operations and consulting roles. She has been responsible for accreditation, regulatory compliance, performance improvement, disease management, clinical benchmarking, and service utilization for home health, hospice, and durable medical equipment organizations. She has also served as Director of Regulatory Services for the Association for Home Hospice Care of North Carolina. Disclosure: Sandra S. Lentz, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Expert Reviewer: Faith Williams, RN, BS in HCA
Faith is a registered nurse and earned a BS in Health Care Administration at St. Leo College in St. Leo, Florida. She has an extensive background in home health education, nursing and healthcare administration. Subsequent to the years in home health, she has worked for companies who provide on-line education to healthcare providers and workers in the acute and subacute markets. She has authored various education programs and procedure manuals, as well as presented to and educated both clinical staff and the general public.  Disclosure: Faith Williams, RN, BS in HCA has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: entry level Direct Care Workers; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility, Assisted Living, Home Health, Hospice, Long-term Care, Palliative Care, Residential Care.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous Distance Learning with interactivity which includes quizzes with questions/answers, and posttests.
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