OASIS – C Posted for Review

Draft OASIS-C has been posted by CMS for review. The final version of the new OASIS-C is expected within the next few months with a roll-out date of January, 2010. CMS expects the OASIS User’s Manual to be updated in September, 2009 and will contain detailed guidance on the use of OASIS-C.

Non-Clinician and Patient’s First Home Health Visit

If nursing services are ordered, federal regulations require the initial assessment visit to be performed by an RN and to be performed by a qualified therapist if services other than nursing services are ordered. Therefore, a non-clinician is prohibited by federal law from visiting the patient to collect patient identifying OASIS information regardless of the home health services ordered.

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