29 Dec OASIS-E Readiness – Home Health Software for OASIS Webinar
Are You Ready for OASIS-E?
Alora Home Health Software Webinar
OASIS-E takes effect at the beginning of January 2023. This new version of OASIS has many notable changes and preparing and training your staff on how to navigate those changes will be essential to homecare agency workflow.
In this webinar presented by Alora Home Health Software, we go over the big things you need to know, then conduct a real-time demonstration of how ALORA is optimized to handle the ins and outs of the new OASIS-E.
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OASIS-E Information and Changes
By now everyone is anxious with nervous but optimistic anticipation of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) officially retiring the Outcomes Assessment Information Set (OASIS) D1 version at the end of the 2022. Its replacement, the OASIS-E form, is full of changes and new assessment items.
Let’s go over some of the changes.
Home Health OASIS-E Data Set Updates
OASIS accuracy is critical to home health operations.
The standardized OASIS instrument is closely tied to quality measures, data collection, and reimbursement. OASIS data accounts for one-third of an agency’s performance score and payment under Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP).
The timeline leading up to the current updates related to the formal release of the home health OASIS-E data set is summarized below.
- March 18, 2020: CMS announced that the OASIS-E would go into effect in January 2021. Later, they suspended this date due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE).
- December 15, 2021: The finalized 2022 rule reset the new implementation date for OASIS-E on January 1, 2023.
- February 1, 2022: CMS published the most recent draft of the OASIS-E form that Medicare-certified agencies will use beginning January 1, 2023.
- April 20, 2022: At its Open Door Forum, CMS shared that the long-awaited OASIS-E Guidance Manual will be released sometime in early summer 2022.
- May 16, 2022: CMS posted the updated OASIS-E form with the OASIS-E Guidance Manual showing clinicians how to accurately score data items. You can view the changes from the first draft here.
A total of 159 data elements are changing with this new form, including 39 new assessment questions. For an assessment tool already considered challenging for clinicians and administrators, the OASIS-E overhaul demands attention.
OASIS-E features a complete revamp of the item sections and numbers. Many will now more closely resemble the assessments in other post-acute care settings.
In the previous version of OASIS (OASIS-D), each setting used its own assessment to evaluate patients on admission, discharge, and specified time points.
- Home Health Agencies (HHAs) used the OASIS
- Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) used the Minimum Data Set (MDS)
- Long Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs) used the CARE Data Set (LCDS)
Since the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act), enacted on October 6, 2014, CMS has been moving post-acute providers toward a consistent, standardized patient assessment tool for interoperability across settings. As patients flow through the healthcare continuum, an identical data set for patients would be ideal for data collection on quality and safety measures. The new OASIS-E version is a large step in that direction.
OASIS-E contains several changes to existing assessment questions, including one item that was removed from the form. That one is item M2016, which asks about patient/caregiver drug education intervention. Four other OASIS items were replaced with similar questions. Another update to the OASIS-E revision is a “Patient declines to respond” answer choice for some items.
What are the new OASIS-E sections?
Clinicians completing the OASIS will now see new sections labeled A through Q, rather than only M-, GG-, and J-items. Each letter domain corresponds to a separate part of the assessment. For instance, section “C” includes questions about cognitive status, including mood and behavior patterns. This may be confusing to clinicians since some questions that were formerly called “M-items” related to cognitive status will move to the “C” section with other mental status questions. Section “M” on OASIS-E will pertain to the skin and Integumentary System.
OASIS-E introduce shome health clinicians to new screening tests and Transfer of Health (TOH) items for completion at specified time points.
OASIS-E Brief Interview Mental Screening (BIMS)
The OASIS-E BIMS assessment items (C0200 – C0500) provide a baseline of cognitive function and temporal orientation. To conduct this screening, clinicians will ask the patients to remember three words such as “sock,” “blue,” and “bed.” Next, they will ask the patient to tell them what year, month, and day it is. Then they will go back to determine if their patient can recall the three words. Points are scored for each question the patient answers correctly. As you might have guessed, this BIMS test is already used in SNFs and inpatient rehabilitation facilities.
OASIS-E Confusion Assessment Method (CAM)
The OASIS-E CAM assessment item (C1310) asks clinicians to assess four features of delirium in a home health patient. These areas include:
- An acute change from baseline
- Disorganized thinking
- Altered level of consciousness
These four features of confusion provide a better picture of the patient at specified OASIS time points.
OASIS-E Transfer of Health (TOH)
The OASIS-E TOH items (A2120 – A2124) ask agencies about transferring the patient’s reconciled medication profile to subsequent providers when there is a transfer of care. These items will eventually be added to the Home Health Quality Reporting Program.
OASIS-E Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9)
On OASIS-E, the depression screening is expanded. M1730 on OASIS-D1 will be replaced by assessment item D0150, which uses the initial PHQ-2. If problems are identified on this two-question assessment, the PHQ-9 should be completed to better demonstrate the home health patient’s depression severity and mood.
Will the OASIS-E assessment take more time to complete?
In short, YES. It is anticipated that it will take clinicians longer to finish the new OASIS-E assessment. Familiarizing clinicians with the new assessments and screenings is paramount to success.
How do I train staff on OASIS-E Updates?
There are a few ways to get your staff ready for the coming OASIS-E. If you’re wondering how your organization should move forward, consider the following ideas.
A popular and effective method that many agencies use is the Train-the-Trainer model. Now that OASIS-E is upon us, many agencies have sent or are in the process of sending a few nurses or therapists to intensive OASIS-E conferences and workshops to become fully familiar with the updates; then these clinicians return to the agency and train the rest of the staff. Investing in training materials that all staff can work through together can also be helpful. Home health consultants will be offering on-site, virtual, and recorded training sessions for home health companies of all sizes. When looking for OASIS-E training, agencies should trust reputable sources that have offered OASIS training on the C2, D, and D1 versions in the past. These companies will provide thorough training with experienced teachers.
As with any new process or procedure, education must be paired with support. Agencies have to understand that it can take time for clinicians to adjust to the new requirements. Setting clear expectations and helping your staff meet the requirements will increase employee satisfaction and retention through your implementation process.
What are the changes to the OASIS-E tool?
Here is a list of changes and additions to the upcoming OASIS-E tool.
Section A Demographics
A1250. Transportation (NACHC ©)
A2120. Provision of Current Reconciled Medication List to Subsequent Provider at Transfer
A2121. Provision of Current Reconciled Medication List to Subsequent Provider at Discharge
A2122 Route of Current Reconciled Medication List Transmission to Subsequent Provider
A2123. Provision of Current Reconciled Medication List to Patient at Discharge
A2124. Route of Current Reconciled Medication List Transmission to Patient
Section B Hearing, Speech, and Vision
B1300. Health Literacy (From Creative Commons ©)
Section C Cognitive Patterns
C0100. Should a Brief Interview for Mental Status (C0200-C0500) be Conducted? (BIMS)
C0200. Repetition of Three Words
C0300. Temporal Orientation (Orientation to year, month, and day)
C0500. BIMS Summary Score
C1310. Signs and Symptoms of Delirium (from CAM©)
Section D Mood
D0150. Patient Mood Interview (PHQ-2 to 9)
D0160. Total Severity Score
D0700. Social Isolation
Section J Pain
J0510. Pain Effect on Sleep
J0520. Pain Interference with Therapy Activities
J0530. Pain Interference with Day-to-Day Activities
Section K Nutrition
K0520. Nutritional Approaches
Section N Medications
N0415. High-Risk Drug Classes: Use and Indication
- Antipsychotic E. Anticoagulant F. Antibiotic H. Opioid I. Antiplatelet J. Hypoglycemic (including insulin)
Section O Treatments and Procedures
O0110. Special Treatments, Procedures, and Programs
Author’s Note: Views, information, and guidance in this resource are intended for information only. We are not rendering legal, financial, accounting, medical, or other professional advice. Alora disclaims any liability to any third party related to this content. We cannot make any guarantee related to the content.
“OASIS Data Sets”. cms.gov. Accessed May 11, 2022.
“Outcome Assessment Information Set Version E (OASIS-E)”. cms.gov. Accessed May 11, 2022.
“Train-the-Trainer Model”. Arrowuptraining.com. Accessed May 11, 2022.
Alora can help your agency prepare for OASIS-E implementation. As a part of our committment to our family of agencies, we work with CMS, as well as national and state agencies and associations to keep you informed on the latest regulatory changes in the home health care industry.To learn more about how ALORA partners with agencies for peak clinical performance, productivity, financial success, and compliance, click the link below to
About The Author
Sarah Falcone RN serves as Lead Content Contributor for Alora Healthcare Systems. Sarah is a home health industry consultant, author, blogger, and business development manager with more than 10 years experience working in home health agency administrations. Sarah is also a registered nurse.