The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released a new Errata Sheet outlining corrections to the OASIS-C Guidance Manual. Corrections to the OASIS-C Guidance Manual include guidance related to M0014 Branch State and M1730 Depression Screening, and corrected "Go To" instructions for Responses 8 & 9 of M0100 Reason for Assessment.
The new Errata Sheet is available at:http://www.cms.gov/HomeHealthQualityInits/14_HHQIOASISUserManual.asp
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services? (CMS) newly developed Process-Based Quality Improvement Manual is now available. This manual describes CMS's Process Quality Measure Report in detail and discusses its use for quality monitoring purposes. The report provides home health agencies opportunities to use process measures for process-based quality improvement purposes following three-step process:
Click here to download the Process Based Quality Improvement Manual.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted a revised OASIS Q&A document to reflect the OASIS?C. Questions and answers that are no longer relevant have been removed and the new numbering system for the OASIS-C items has been incorporated into the document. Click here and scroll down to the bottom of the page under ?OASIS Q&A,? where you?ll find Category 1-Applicability to Category 12-OASIS and PPS: References selections.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services(CMS) plans to replace OASIS-B1 with OASIS-C effective for all assessments completed on or after January 1, 2010. The following documents have been provided by CMS to assist home health agencies transition to and train their staff in OASIS-C.
OASIS-C August 2009 Version
OASIS-C Changes from OASIS-B1
OASIS-C Final Manual
OASIS-C October 2009 Q&As
The October 2009 Q&As provides critical data collection guidance.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services? (CMS) Provider Communications Group will host a national provider conference call on OASIS-C. This toll-free call will take place from 2:30 p.m. ? 4:00 p.m., EDT, on Thursday, October 22, 2009. Attendees will be provided with background on why OASIS is changing and tips on preparing for the transition. Registration will close at 2:30 p.m. EDT on October 21, 2009, or when available space has been filled.To register for the call participants need to go to: http://www.eventsvc.com/palmettogba/102209
With OASIS-C coming January 1, 2010, there is still a great deal of confusion on how clinicians can best complete the form. Hence, a national project is being initiated that will include key clinicians from every state including California. These national clinical experts will be invited to a national forum in Chicago on November 10th and 11th. During the Forum, the national experts will collectively develop recommendations, suggestions, strategies, and tips for every OASIS question. The results will then be distributed free of charge to clinicians throughout the country. The ultimate goal of this project is to help every clinician in the country improve their skills and ability with the new assessment form.
The project is called the OASIS-C National Best Practices Project, sponsored by Delta Health Technologies and co-sponsored by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice and Fazzi Associates. Your help is needed to identify a leading clinician. For the clinician, to be named a national expert and to be involved in a cutting edge project with 100 other national experts will be incredibly prestigious. If you have any questions on the project or have a nomination (gives us the name and we will contact the person and explain the project), please email Molly LePage at firstname.lastname@example.org.