Ensure clinicians fully understand how to fill out the OASIS item involving grooming.
CMS released the final OASIS-D guidance manual less than two weeks before the new version of the assessment took effect. Not all expected changes were outlined in the final version.
Take time to train clinicians on how to properly document unwitnessed falls. Doing so will be crucial to successfully respond to new falls items coming to OASIS-D.
Before OASIS-D takes effect Jan. 1, 2019, take full advantage of permitted collaboration and get a solid grasp on the response options for new items.
Train clinicians immediately about how they’ll need to respond to a new OASIS item assessing prior functioning.
While agencies hustle to prepare for the Jan. 1, 2019, implementation of OASIS-D, changes to the assessment outlined in the 2019 PPS final rule could be enough to create another version of the OASIS, some industry experts contend.
Ensure clinicians have a firm grasp of what the term “prior” means when it comes to GG0110 (Prior device use). This concept will be crucial to accurately responding to this new OASIS-D item.
While agencies expect OASIS-D to have a negative impact on productivity, many respondents to a recent DecisionHealth survey haven’t worked to mitigate this risk and don’t yet have a plan to do so.
CMS has made massive updates to bring OASIS Q&A guidance up to date for the Jan. 1, 2019, implementation of OASIS-D.
If a patient isn’t able to attempt transferring in and out of the car because no car is available, enter response “10 - not attempted due to environmental limitations” on GG0170G (Mobility, car transfer).


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