tci Medicare Compliance & Reimbursement - 2004 Issue 19

Home Care: HHAs' OASIS Loads Lightened By One Assessment

Therapy questions could prove tricky.Come this fall, home health agencies could save a bit of OASIS work when patients return from hospital stays in the last five days of their PPS episodes. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has agreed to scrap the follow-up OASIS assessment (RFA 4) when a resumption of care assessment (RFA 3) has to be filled out at the same time. CMS announced the change during its April 23 satellite and Internet training session on wound care.Eliminating the redundant OASIS assessment in this narrow circumstance was a recommendation from the HHS...

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