Policy Change for Assessment Submission Timeframe Impacts Hospice and Home Health Providers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced yesterday an upcoming change in policy regarding the timeframe for submission of “assessments” that are part of the quality reporting program.  Specifically, current CMS policy for submission of patient assessment records allows providers to submit records for up to 36 months from the assessment target date. …

CMS Posts Revised OASIS-D/OASIS-D1 Instruments

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted revised OASIS-D instruments, which become effective January 1, 2020. Revisions were necessary due to changes in the Calendar Year (CY) 2019 Home Health (HH) Final Rule, CMS 1689-FC. Changes include the addition of two existing items to the Follow-Up assessment instrument (with corresponding revisions to…

Home Health Quality Reporting Program Update

Home Health Quality Reporting Program Update Updated OASIS-D Q&A Document An updated question and answer (Q&A) document containing responses to questions from CMS OASIS-D trainings is now available.  The Q&A document was originally posted on December 4, 2018 but did not contain answers to questions that required additional research.  Those answers have now been updated. …

Understanding the New Section GG OASIS-D Items

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a functional coding fact sheet to clarify that the response codes for the Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) M1800 series function items, and the Section GG function items are not intended to be duplicative, or ‘match’. There are differences between items that have the…

Your Questions about the Looming OASIS-D Deadline Answered

Are you a home health agency director, clinical manager, quality manager, Home Health clinician, or educator? If so, NAHC has a webinar you need to see — Prepare for OASIS-D to Ensure a Successful Transition. The webinar will take place on Friday, December 14 at 1:00 PM Eastern time.The webinar is free and open only to NAHC…

CMS to Host Q&A on OASIS-D Guidance

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is hosting a teleconference to address questions from providers related to changes in items collected via the Outcome and Information Assessment Set (OASIS)-D in support of the Home Health Quality Reporting Program (QRP). Questions were solicited from providers during webinars in August and September and a Train-the-Trainer…

A Critical Webinar for Post-Acute Providers

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice will present a must-see webinar for post-acute providers who need to prepare and execute plans for the January 1, 2019 deadline to comply with new OASIS-D rules. The webinar, which is free to NAHC members, is Prepare for OASIS-D to Ensure a Successful Transition, Part 2, and…

NAHC has the Answers to Your Questions about the Looming OASIS-D Deadline

Are you a home health agency director, clinical manager, quality manager, Home Health clinician, or educator? If so, NAHC has a webinar you need to see — Prepare for OASIS-D to Ensure a Successful Transition. The webinar will take place on Thursday, November 8 at 1:00 PM Eastern time. The webinar is free and open…

CMS Issues Second Comment Period on OASIS-D

CMS has issued a second  Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) notice  for the revised Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS-D) that goes into effect January 2019, in accord with the changes issued in the final 2018 home health prospective payment system rate update rule. This PRA notice request is for a 30 day public comments period…

CMS Home Health QRP Webinars on OASIS-D Implementation

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will hold a pair of home health quality reporting program later this summer, both related to changes associated with the scheduled January 1, 2019 implementation of the OASIS-D. The first webinar will occur on Tuesday, August 28, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and provide a high level…