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Importance of the OASIS in Adult Assessment

Jennifer Loehr, M.A., CCC-SLP

December 22, 2011

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What does the acronym OASIS stand for? What is the importance of this assessment?

Answer

The OASIS (Outcome and Assessment Information Set) is a tool utilized by home health agencies and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to determine funding reimbursement for care provided. This tool encompasses sociodemographic, environmental, support system, health status, and functional status attributes of adult patients. In addition to measuring patient outcomes, OASIS data have three important uses in the areas of:

  • Patient assessment and care planning for individual adult patients
  • Agency-level case mix reports that contain aggregate statistics on various patient

characteristics such as demographic, health, or functional status at start of care

  • Internal home health agency (HHA) performance improvement

The OASIS document can be completed by the nurse or therapist upon admission, recertification, transfer or discharge of a patient from services to the home health agency. This document is paramount in determining the level of care and reimbursement to the HH agency for services provided to the patient.

Jenny Loehr is a speech-language pathologist employed by Gentiva Health Services. Her focus of practice in the past twenty years has been adult/geriatric neurology with an emphasis on dementia programming. She currently oversees and implements the rehabilitation program at Arden Courts Assisted Living Facility and Cedar Ridge Alzheimer's Specialty Care Center in Austin Texas. Ms. Loehr has made numerous presentations at the Texas Speech and Hearing Association and the annual convention of the American Speech and Hearing Association.


jennifer loehr

Jennifer Loehr, M.A., CCC-SLP

Jenny Loehr is a speech-language pathologist employed by Gentiva Health Services. Her focus of practice in the past fifteen years has been adult/geriatric neurology with an emphasis on dementia programming. She currently oversees and implements the rehabilitation program at Arden Courts of Austin, an Alzheimer's assisted living facility. Ms. Loehr has presented numerous times at the annual convention of the American Speech and Hearing Association.


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