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January Hospice Q+As Available Now

OASIS Answers - Friday, January 23, 2015

CMS has posted the January 2015 Quarterly HIS Q+As. This new document contains a listing of some significant questions and answers that were received and processed by the CMS HIS Help Desk during the 4th quarter of 2014.

The January Q+A document has had an UPGRADE from previous quarters:
  • Adds new CMS branding and formatting
  • Adds sections summarizing hospice quality related activities that happened last quarter
  • Adds section related to what you can expect in the upcoming quarter

Download the CMS Hospice Quality Reporting Program January 2015 Update here.


Join the OAI Team at an upcoming HIS training to ensure you are instilling good data collection habits early.


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

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CMS' Quarterly OASIS Q&As Available Now

OASIS Answers - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

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 9 new Q&
As included in the January guidance, covering important issues related to:

  • Using clinician judgment in selecting OASIS responses,
  • Competing a resumption of care visit prior to receiving physician orders,
  • Qualification of staff conducting OASIS audits,
  • Selecting appropriate responses when patient can't remember immunization history
  • 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.

Remember that we offer an audio file of the full OASIS Answers Quarterly OASIS Q&A Teleconference that can be shared among staff within a single agency. Even if you missed it, you and your agency can access and benefit from the presentations and insights that were part of that call. Click here for more information or to order.

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New Year -- Same HIS!

OASIS Answers - Wednesday, January 07, 2015

2015 is HERE... and so is the Hospice Item Set... Still!

Language, such as that on the NHPCO's website describing the HIS "data collection period" as July 1st - December 31st, 2014, and a CMS Fact Sheet that directs providers to "collect HIS data for all patient admissions July 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014" is leaving some providers thinking that required use of the Hospice Item Set is over. NOT the case, friends! Despite thoughts (wishes?) to the contrary, HIS reporting continues to be required by CMS.

The confusion may stem from the fact that July 1 - December 31st, 2014 represents the "first reporting cycle" for HIS. HIS data submission during this first six months will determine a provider's compliance with HQRP requirements for FY 2016 payment impact (October 1, 2015 - September 30, 2016). Eligible hospices must have submitted HIS data during this first reporting cycle to avoid a 2-percentage point reduction in their Annual Payment Update for FY 2016. 

The Hospice Final Payment Rule reads: To meet the quality reporting requirements for hospices for the FY 2016 payment determination and each subsequent year, we will require regular and ongoing electronic submission of the HIS data for each patient admission to hospice on or after July 1, 2014, regardless of payer or patient age.

So... in addition to hitting the gym, going green, and flossing more; add continue HIS collection and reporting to your list of New Year's Resolutions. Your bottom line will be glad you did!

Consider joining us for a practical one-day Hospice Item Set workshop "Simplifying HIS". Details and locations can be found at


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

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