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Seasons Greetings 2014

OASIS Answers - Wednesday, December 17, 2014


 To allow our staff to celebrate with their families,
OAI offices will be closed on December 24th-25th, and Dec 31st-Jan 1st.

Safe and Happy Holidays to you and yours.

CMS Open Door Forum on Star Quality Rating System Tomorrow

OASIS Answers - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

CMS is hosting a Special Open Door Forum call tomorrow, December 17th, 2014 1:30-3:00 pm Eastern Time to provide a brief presentation on the proposed design of the Star Ratings that are planned to be added to the Home Health Compare website.

 A fact sheet on the Home Health Compare Star Ratings is available at this link

Slides for the call can be accessed here in PDF format.

Call in Number: 1-800-837-1935

Conference ID#: 31480515

CMS has created the Star Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare providers. Similar to the star rating that consumers use to pick a restaurant or hotel, the CMS star rating program seeks to summarize the detailed information that is already available and make it more user-friendly for consumers, facilitating more active participation in healthcare decision making.

Comments a
bout the star rating program or methodology can be submitted to the email address here. Should you need it, the email address to copy & paste into your specific email program is:

Offer your insight to help CMS make this program a success.


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

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CMS Posts FINAL OASIS-C1/ICD-9 Guidance Manual

OASIS Answers - Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Today, CMS posted a Final Version of the OASIS-C1/ICD-9 Guidance Manual. The newly posted version contains only a couple of changes to the DRAFT version previously available:

The Version date is changed from June 2014 to January 2015 on the cover sheet:

and on the footers throughout the manual:

The “All Items” and “Time Point Versions” of the data set, contained in Chapter 2 of the manual, have been updated with the new OMB approval number, and the word “DRAFT” has been removed from the data set footers:

Other than these updates, no other content in the Guidance Manual has been changed since the June 2014 Draft files were posted.

We are 29 days from OASIS-C1 implementation! Your ongoing commitment to staying on top of emerging OASIS data collection guidance will ensure a smooth transition for your agency.


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

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