Manage medications ahead of OASIS-E

Agencies should ensure clinicians are familiar with the high-risk drug classes ahead of OASIS-E implementation and the addition of N0415 (High-risk drug classes: use and indication). Explain why it’s important. Be sure that staff are educated and competent in the various high-risk drug classes. Designate education around different medications. Make sure you’re asking the right […]

CMS releases OASIS-E guidance manual

CMS has released the much-anticipated draft guidance manual for the OASIS-E version of the OASIS data set. The OASIS-E will be used for assessments beginning Jan. 1, 2023. The new 396-page guidance manual includes an item-by-item guide to the OASIS-E assessment instrument (page 13), as well as a 10-page description of the changes from OASIS-D […]

CMS releases updated OASIS-E draft

An updated draft of OASIS-E that will be effective Jan. 1, 2023, was released on Feb. 1, 2022. Notable changes from the draft released in 2020 include the removal of M2016 (Patient/caregiver drug education intervention) from Section N (Medications), as well as the reordering of some items. In addition to the changes above, “Patient declines […]

CMS updates agencies on Care Compare, OASIS-E

CMS recently updated home health agencies about changes they can expect this summer on the Care Compare site, along with additional training planned around the OASIS-E delay. The update came during an open door forum call with providers April 13. With the July 2021 refresh, five home health measures will be removed from Care Compare, […]

Breaking: CMS delays OASIS-E due to COVID-19

CMS delayed the implementation of OASIS-E, originally schedule to take effect Jan. 1, 2021, to provide flexibilities for agencies to respond to the public health threats stemming from COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), according to an interim final rule dated April 28. Agencies will be required to use OASIS-E beginning with discharges and transfers on […]

CMS releases draft of OASIS-E assessment slated to take effect in 2021

A new version of the OASIS is coming to home health, and CMS has released a first look at the assessment. OASIS-E will take effect Jan. 1, 2021. A draft version of the assessment was published on CMS’ website March 18. The release includes only the draft assessment without accompanying guidance updates. The draft has […]