Home Health & Hospice

CMS seeks OMB approval of ICD-10 OASIS version

Homecare Insider, April 6, 2015

CMS recently published a request in the Federal Register for the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) approval of a new control number for—and minor updates to—the forthcoming OASIS-C1/ICD-10. The latest iteration of the data set is meant to accompany and account for the nationwide implementation of ICD-10 later this year.

On April 1, 2014, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA) was enacted, prohibiting the Secretary of Health and Human Services from adopting ICD-10 prior to October 1, 2015. The enforcement of the legislation in turn delayed the introduction of the OASIS-C1 data set, whose primary impetus was to enable diagnostic coding with ICD-10.
To accommodate the extended effectiveness of ICD-9 after the PAMA freeze, CMS made temporary changes to five data items in OASIS-C1 that would have required ICD-10 codes. The resulting interim data set, called OASIS-C1/ICD-9, was instated on January 1 and will remain effective until the implementation of ICD-10.
OASIS-C1/ICD-10 will replace the five items that were modified in the OASIS-C1/ICD-9 iteration, meaning the forthcoming data set will largely mirror OASIS-C1, barring the updated name, as well as a few technical and typographical corrections.
Although, the OMB approval request for OASIS-C1/ICD-10 is a technical requirement for CMS, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice points out that it also grants home health agencies another opportunity to provide feedback on the prospective data set. Comments are due April 24, 2015.
To view CMS’ full notice in the Federal Register, click here.
To access the forthcoming OASIS-C1/ICD-10 data set and its supporting documentation, click here.