Outcome and Assessment Information
Set (OASIS) Update
of BQA 01-036 (PDF, 15 KB)
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Date: August 27, 2001 DSL-BQA-01-036
To: Home Health Agencies HHA 16
From: Jan Eakins, Chief, Provider Regulation and Quality Improvement
cc: Sue Schroeder, Director, Bureau of Quality Assurance
The purpose of this memorandum is to provide you with information
Guidance on OASIS Wound Status Data Items
The Bureau of Quality Assurance (BQA) received the attached
Ref: S&C 21 (exit DHFS; PDF), dated August 6, 2001, from the Center for Medicaid and
State Operations under the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
(CMS), formerly the Health Care Financing Administration.
The memo and its attachments, effective August 6, 2001, clarify and
define the terms "fully granulating, early/partial granulation and
not healing" for OASIS wound data items. The information provided is
a result of collaborative efforts between CMS and the Wound, Ostomy and
Continence Nurses Society (WOCN). Home health agency (HHA) clinicians may
find this guidance helpful in completing their patient assessments. These
are guidelines only and do not represent a change in home health
regulations. HHAs are not required to correct previously encoded
and transmitted assessments. More information on the WOCN guidelines may
be found at the WOCN website at www.wocn.org (exit DHFS).
September Training in
OASIS: The Basics
The BQA is presenting the third annual "OASIS: The Basics"
workshop in September 2001. The workshop is intended to provide a working
knowledge of OASIS regulations and state/federal survey protocols for home
health agency staff new to using OASIS collection, encoding and
transmission or staff who wish to update their knowledge.
Workshop dates and locations
The workshop will be held on the following dates at two different
September 19, 2001,
Westwood Conference Center, Wausau.
September 20, 2001,
Comfort Inn, Madison
Training brochure and registration form
A detailed training brochure and
registration form are available on the State
OASIS System Welcome Page by clicking on Bulletins. The
registration deadline is September 5, 2001.
Further information on training
Contact Leann Griffin, Training Officer, at (608) 267-1438, for further
information on the OASIS workshops.
Revisions to the OASIS
The CMS has revised the OASIS Implementation Manual, Part 1, as of
April 2001. The revised manual is available on the OASIS website at www.hcfa.gov/medicaid/oasis/usermanu.htm
[no longer operable, see http://www.cms.hhs.gov/oasis/usermanu.asp (exit DHFS)].
A comparison table showing changes between the previous version (7/99) and
the revised version (April 2001) is also available at that website.
The manual was revised to update language to be consistent with current
Prospective Payment System regulations and to clarify frequently asked
HHAs should print new manuals to be assured that their manual is
complete and accurate.
Telephone Number Changes
on OASIS Privacy Act Statements
The telephone numbers on the Privacy Act Statements have changed. The
new numbers are reflected on the revised Privacy Act statements available
on the OASIS website at www.hcfa.gov/medicaid/oasis/ptprvnot.htm [no
HHAs should use the new numbers in their patient information.
HHAs may download the new statements or may write the new numbers on their
existing Privacy Act Statements and cross out the old telephone numbers.
The numbers have changed for both regular and TTY lines on both the
English and Spanish versions. The current numbers still transfer the
caller to the new numbers, but that will change in the future.
Interpretive Guidelines Available
The CMS has made available Appendix B, Home Health Agency Interpretive
Guidelines, from the State Operations Manual. These guidelines contain all
current home health regulations, survey guidance and deficiency tag
information currently in use by the state survey agencies.
HHAs may download these guidelines from either of the following sites:
The federal OASIS website at http://www.hcfa.gov/medicaid/oasis/hhregs.htm
[replaced by http://www.cms.hhs.gov/oasis/hhregs.asp (exit DHFS)].
The State OASIS System Welcome Page by clicking on Bulletins.
HAVEN 5.1 Patch
HHAs that use HAVEN should download and install the HAVEN 5.1 patch.
This patch corrects problems with HAVEN 5.0 and also includes the ability
to print entire assessments with the click of a button, rather than
printing each page. The patch and a complete list of the fixes and
enhancements are available on the CMS website at www.hcfa.gov/medicaid/oasis/havensof.htm
[replaced by http://www.cms.hhs.gov/oasis/havensof.asp (exit DHFS)].
Accessing OBQM Reports
Internet Explorer users may experience a blank screen/browser when
attempting to view the Outcome-Based Quality Management (OBQM) reports.
This is attributed to the use of Internet Explorer Version 5.5. The work
arounds for this are:
1. Remove the #Reportx from the end of the web page address, which will
bring up the whole pdf file, including all reports. Move to the top of the
page to locate the first report, or
2. Use Netscape
Please direct questions, including questions related to the attached
CMS memo, to the resource contacts listed below:
Software and OASIS data transmission:
- Chris Benesh, OASIS Automation Coordinator, 608-266-1718 or email@example.com.
- Cindy Symons, OASIS Technical Analyst
[no longer available, see Chris Benesh]
OASIS clinical issues:
Home health regulations/interpretive guidance:
- Barbara Woodford, HH Education Coordinator
[replaced by Marianne Missfeldt, (715) 836-4036, 10/03].
Medicare payment and billing issues:
- Medicare Provider Relations at United Government Services,
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