OASIS Assessment Reviews: What Every Home Health Agency Should Be Doing

As reimbursements shrink and costs go up, it is vital that home health agencies operate as effectively as possible. One way to ensure proper reimbursement is by performing OASIS assessment reviews.
All too often, home health agencies make the mistake of not conducting OASIS assessment reviews or if they do conduct them, they aren’t adequately identifying inconsistencies that could potentially cost them reimbursement dollars.

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What is Home Health Compare?

Home Health Compare is a joint effort between the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). It provides data on the quality of services provided by Medicare-certified home health agencies mostly through Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) data submitted to CMS.
OASIS is the instrument and data collection tool used to collect and report home health agency performance data through:

Outcome monitoring
Clinical assessment
Care planning
Other internal agency-level applications

Home health agencies can use Home Health Compare reports to identify how well they are doing compared to other agencies.

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CMS Releases Draft OASIS-C2 for Home Health

New Version Contains New Standardized Items.
OASIS-C2 is scheduled for implementation on January 1, 2017, to comply with requirements for standardized, cross-setting measures for post-acute care under the IMPACT Act of 2014. The Act requires CMS to develop standardized assessment data and quality measures across the post-acute care settings that include inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs), skilled nursing facilities (SNFs),

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2014 PPS Final Rule: Home Health Regulatory Review Webinar Recording and Q&A

2014 PPS Final Rule for Home Health.
Many thanks to those who attended Tuesday’s webinar regarding 2014 PPS Final Rule regulatory changes for the home health industry.
Presented by Director of Regulatory Compliance, Deanna Loftus, the webinar reviewed the final rule and what it might mean for home health.  Topics included: review of the 2014 PPS final rule and payment update,

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