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OASIS-D: What You Need to Know About The Latest Changes

As of January 1, 2019, CMS will be updating to OASIS-D, the latest data set for home health agencies. Are you ready for this change? Read this blog post to learn more about how PointClickCare is helping you prepare.

Why is CMS updating to OASIS-D?
According to CMS, OASIS-D is being modified to: include changes pursuant to the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (the IMPACT Act); accommodate data element removals to reduce burden; and improve formatting throughout the document. 

The focus of this latest revision is on quality and comparison of those quality indicators. The new set includes more functional items that the home health clinicians will be required to assess, as well as a modification of the pressure ulcer and fall history questions.

What’s changing?

  • Comparison of quality indicators
  • Additional functional assessments
  • Modification of pressure ulcer questions
  • Additional fall history questions
  • Removal of select M items

What changes will PointClickCare customers see in their EHR?
On December 27, we’ll release D versions of the MED-PASS assessments. Customers will not need to do anything on their end. We will load the new assessments into the charting library automatically and it will be ready for you when needed. New assessments that comply with OASIS-D requirements will be identified with a D in the title. (Example: MED-PASS Start of Care/Resumption of Care (D).)

Those affected must complete all assessments with a M0090 date on or after January 1, 2019 with forms that are OASIS-D compliant.

Will your OASIS scrubber recognize the changes?
We’ve contacted SHP, Ability, and PPS+. All have verified they will be ready on January 1.

How do you know you’ll be compliant?
Our team reviewed every question on the CMS OASIS-D data specs guidelines to ensure removal of all outdated items, as well as addition of new requirements.

We also code our assessments to prevent faulty submissions. Within the data specs, CMS issues validation logic to prove OASIS forms will not be rejected. Our new forms pass all validation tests.

Want to learn more? Read our OASIS-D Home-Care Support Note here.

December 22, 2018