CMS Delays Updated Versions of Home Health Assessment Instruments

Due to the priority of COVID-19 response, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is delaying the release of an updated OASIS version needed to support the transfer of health information quality measures and new or revised Standardized Patient Assessment Data Elements (SPADEs).

The OASIS-E update will be delayed until January 1 of the year following at least one full fiscal year after the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency. For example, if the COVID-19 emergency ends on September, 20, 2020, agencies will be required to begin collecting data using the updated versions of the item sets beginning with patients discharged on January 1, 2022.

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