Home Health & Hospice

OASIS-C: About More Than Just Outcomes

Homecare Insider, March 30, 2009

Originally designed as a data set for measuring and managing outcomes, the OASIS has played a very important role in payment since 2000.  Now, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) wants to include in the OASIS a way to measure an agency’s use of evidence-based best practices.  The CMS believes that including best practices, which have been shown to prevent exacerbation of serious conditions, can improve care received by individual patients.  The data can also provide guidance to agencies on how to improve care and avoid adverse events.

There are three types of best practice-related measures proposed for inforporation into the OASIS.  To learn more about the measures, click here.