Home health providers can count on one thing as they report patient outcome data to CMS for Medicare beneficiaries, and that is change.  Yet another change is here for the OASIS data collection instrument, which has undergone several major changes in the past couple of years.  On January 1, 2017, OASIS C2 is was implemented in order to comply with requirements for the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014.

Are the inconveniences of learning the differences in the new set are weighing on your staff’s ability to meet all of the competing demands on their time?

This article will provide a few tips for agency staff struggling to master the new updates, including three (3) new standardized items and renumbering for items under ICD-10.  These three new standardized assessment items are: Active Diagnoses – Comorbidities and Co-Existing Conditions (M1028); Height and Weight (M1060); and Functional Abilities and Goals (GG0170).

Did you know that Q&As on OASIS-C2 are available? The last set of Q&As was posted in October 2016, and the questions can be accessed by category: Applicability, Comprehensive Assessments, Follow-up Assessments, and OASIS Data-Set Forms and Items.  Link to the OASIS Quarterly Q&As.

To standardize with other post-acute setting data, OASIS C2 also has certain medication and integumentary items modified and renumbered. The questions related to pressure ulcers (M1311 and M1313) have changed, and questions related to the drug review and follow-up have changed (M2001, M2003, and M2005).

And finally, in these items – Heart Failure (M1500 and M1510), Drug Education (M2015), Emergent Care (M2300), and Discharge (M2400), the look back period and item numbers have been changed.