Submit Your Comments: CMS Proposes Changes to the OASIS Data Instrument

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a notice announcing proposed changes to the Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) in the Federal Register on June 21.

The proposed version – OASIS-C1 – reflects changes to accommodate the need to enable the coding of diagnoses using the ICD-10-CM coding set which goes into effect October 1, 2014; the need to address issues raised by stakeholders – such as updating clinical concepts and modifying item wording and response categories to improve item clarity – and to reduce burden associated with OASIS data collection by removing items not currently used by CMS for payment, quality, or risk adjustment.

Comments must be received by August 20, 2013. Click here to review the notice.

The revised instrument, a table that compares the OASIS-C (Current Version) to the OASIS-C1 (Proposed Data Collection), and the supporting documentation can be found on CMS Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) listing page.

To view, please click here and scroll to CMS-R-245.

Submit Your Comments

HCAF will be submitting formal comments to CMS regarding these changes. Providers are encouraged to submit feedback to Kyle Simon, Government Affairs Director, at by July 26 at 5:00pm ET.

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