With OASIS Changes Looming, Govt. Invites Home Health Provider Feedback

Home health agencies have another opportunity to weigh in on the new version of the Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) data set, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice is reminding industry members. 

OASIS needs to be updated to accommodate the 10th revision to the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD) system, which is used by health care providers to code diagnostic and other information. Implementation of ICD-10 is set for Oct. 1, 2015, following several delays.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is requesting approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) of the OASIS C1/ICD-10 data item set. Home health agencies have until April 24, 2015, to weigh in, according to the Federal Register

OASIS-C1/ICD-9 is currently in use until the implementation of the ICD-10 coding.

“The OASIS C1/ICD-10 version replaces the five items that were modified in the OASIS C1/ICD-9 version,” NAHC says in a statement. “The OASIS C1/ICD-10 is essentially the OASIS C1 with a few technical and typographic corrections and a new name. Although the OMB approval request for the OASIS-C1/ICD-10 is a technical requirement for CMS, it does provide another opportunity for home health agencies to submit comments on the data item set.”

Read the Federal Register notice here.  

Written by Cassandra Dowell