The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) today released a proposed rule to delay the effective date for the final rule on new Conditions of Participation for home health agencies that was published in the Federal Register on January 13, 2017. The current effective date for the final rule is July 13, 2017, and this proposed rule would delay the effective date for an additional six months until January 13, 2018. There is a 60-day public comment period, and SDAHO will be providing comments on behalf of its members. This is a positive step for our advocacy efforts in stressing the need for regulatory relief from burdensome regulations that impact the effective delivery of health care services across South Dakota.