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CMS' Quarterly Q&As Available Now

OASIS Answers - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Teleconference is now complete but we are pleased to offer the Quarterly Q&A Updates to you. Available now for download (free!), review and distribution, this new guidance can help to enhance your agency's OASIS data collection practices.

There are 13 new Q&
As included in the October guidance, covering important issues related to:

  • Handling episodes where ordered nursing services are refused by patient, or found to not be medically necessary,
  • Managing "date of referral" when the referral source will not be giving orders or overseeing the patient's home health plan of care,
  • New guidance related to skin breakdown within a healing muscle flap,
  • Determining healing status when hypergranulation is present,
  • Clarifications of language in the new guidance manual
  • and more...
Check the Links & Resources tab on the left of your screen -- scroll down a bit and look for the Q&A section.

We've also posted our "Purple Pocket Page" formatted Q&As for those who want to keep quarterly updates organized in their Instant OASIS Answers guide! Download those here.

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CMS Posts NEW Category 1-4 OASIS-C1 Q&As

OASIS Answers - Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Today, CMS posted the 06/2014 OASIS-C1/ICD-9 versions of the OASIS Category Questions and Answers:
  • Category 1: OASIS Applicability
  • Category 2: Comprehensive Assessments
  • Category 3: Follow-up Assessments
  • Category 4: OASIS Data Set - Forms & Items


These updated Q&A files, dated June 2014, represent guidance that should be used for data collection using the OASIS-C1/ICD-9 data set, which is to be implemented for comprehensive assessments completed on or after January 1, 2015. 

Register today to attend the Annual COS-C Conference, August 4-8, in Seattle and join the entire OASIS Answers Team as we deliver ALL of the recently released OASIS-C1 resources in our comprehensive training.

Register Now…   Discounted Advance Registration rate expires MONDAY, July 21!



Linda Krulish, PT MHS COS-C
President, OASIS Answers, Inc.


CMS Posts OASIS-C1 DRAFT Chapter 3 Guidance

OASIS Answers - Thursday, July 10, 2014

On July 9. 2014, CMS posted DRAFT files of the OASIS-C1/ICD-9 Chapter 3 guidance. These files correlate with the DRAFT OASIS-C1/ICD-9 data set that CMS posted on June 16, 2014, pending approval by the Office of Management & Budget (OMB). It is expected that a final version of Chapter 3, as well as OASIS-C1/ICD-9 versions of the remaining Chapters of the OASIS Guidance Manual will be posted as they become available.  Please note that the Draft files for Chapter 3 are contained in a ZIP file and will require a zip/unzip program to access the 17 individual files contained in it.

Register today to attend the Annual 
COS-C Conference, August 4-8, in Seattle and join the entire OASIS Answers Team as we prepare for a smooth transition to OASIS-C1. 

Discounted Room Block expires 
TODAY so be sure to reserve your room now!

Stay on top of OASIS-C1 and join our OASIS Quarterly Q&A Update Teleconference on July 16th to review the new OASIS Q&As scheduled for release that day. Register now to participate live or to secure your audio recording of this important review.



inda Krulish, PT MHS COS-C
President, OASIS Answers, Inc.



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