About Us

About OASIS Answers, Inc.

OASIS Answers, Inc. (OAI) is a team of experienced nursing and therapy professionals. We offer OASIS training programs to help post-acute care professionals do accurate reporting, meet CMS guidelines, and prepare for the COS-C exam.

At OAI, we use our vast industry experience and knowledge of cutting-edge CMS initiatives to build the best possible education resources. Our interactive workshops include realistic patient examples, mock exams, and take-home resources based on the latest CMS guidelines. We help clients at the state association, federal government, quality improvement organization, private industry, and individual provider levels.

OAI has contributed to the highly touted success of the original Home Health Value Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model by helping to integrate OASIS item and quality measure education with quality improvement strategies. We also provide technical assistance and training support to CMS on the original and expanded HHVBP Models.

Our Mission

OAI’s mission is to support the education, documentation and clinical needs of post-acute care providers. We also support the organizations and government entities that represent, support and regulate them.

We recognize the resource limitations and challenges facing the healthcare industry. The OASIS Answers team is committed to creating programs and tools that simplify the rules, promote compliance, support best practices and lead to excellent outcomes.

Our History

OASIS Answers, Inc. was established in 1994 by Linda H. Krulish, PT MHS COS-C, as Home Therapy Services. We began providing consulting and training nationally while also delivering contracted therapy services to Medicare certified agencies.

In 2004, the company name changed to OASIS Answers, Inc., to better reflect the focus of our work and expertise. This corporate name change supports our belief that accurate OASIS data is central to critical industry needs. We believe that OASIS data accuracy can help with patient assessment, interdisciplinary collaboration, patient and provider outcomes, quality improvement, reimbursement, and survey compliance.

Clinical and Technical Support

OASIS Answers provides resources, education, and certification to enhance knowledge and competency related to OASIS data collection. The Blueprint for OASIS Accuracy workshop and Certificate for OASIS Specialist- Clinical (COS-C) Exam are the nation’s premier OASIS training and certificate products, available only from the OASIS Answers’ team.

Since the implementation of OASIS in 1999, OASIS Answers has supported OASIS accuracy through presentation of hundreds of two-day interactive workshops nationally. Over 30,000 COS-C exam administrations have been administered by OAI since the initiation of the Certificate program in 2004.

CMS Contract Support

As subject matter experts in numerous contracts with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) spanning 20+ years, OASIS Answers specializes in providing clinical and technical support to item, instrument and quality measure developers and care providers. This includes developing, maintaining, and implementing standardized and interoperable data elements and quality measures.

OAI supports CMS QRP contracts by helping to develop the post-acute care Guidance Manuals. We also support multiple CMS contracts across PAC settings. These contracts include the Quality Reporting Program (QRP) contracts for home health, hospice, skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs), and long-term care hospitals (LTCHs).

Currently, OAI is providing instrument development and testing support to CMS for the Hospice Outcomes and Patient Evaluation (HOPE) Tool and hospice quality measure development.

Meet our

Amazing Team

Linda Krulish
Marian Essey
Megan Bernier
Kerry Termine
Lori Marmon
Elaine Gardner
Wendy Anemaet
Ann White
Karen Michael
Melodie Perkins
Jennifer Beardall
Amanda Gates
Jennifer Funk
Bharti Arora

Linda Krulish

PT MHS COS-C
Linda is a physical therapist with a Masters in Health Sciences. She has worked in the home health industry since 1988, is a nationally recognized expert on OASIS, the Hospice Item Set and quality measurement and improvement. She also serves the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and its contractors, assisting in home health and hospice quality measures development, data set refinement, and maintenance and updating of Guidance Manuals and other key provider education resources for the Hospice Item Set and OASIS. She provides oversight and subject matter expertise to manage contracts for CMS’s Home Health Quality Reporting Program, CMS’s Hospice Quality Reporting Program, and the CMS Home Health Value Based Purchasing Technical Assistance Contract. She served as the President and a Founding Member of the OASIS Certificate and Competency Board (OCCB), and continues to oversee the COS-C Exam as Chair of the Exam Review Task Force. Linda is President and Founder of OASIS Answers, Inc.
Linda Krulish

Marian Essey

RN BSN COS-C
Marian is a registered nurse with over 25 years of experience in home health, hospice, and community-based services. Marian served as the Director for the Home Health Quality Improvement Organization Support Center (QIOSC) for Pennsylvania's Quality Improvement Organization (QIO), and served as Director for the 2007 Home Health Quality Improvement National Campaign to reduce avoidable hospitalizations. As a recognized expert in developing and supporting quality improvement activities at the local, state and national levels, Marian has served on numerous CMS technical expert panels and quality improvement committees. She currently supports OAI’s Post Acute Care initiatives, including providing subject matter expertise to OAI’s CMS contract work and OAI’s provider quality initiatives. Marian holds the Certificate for OASIS Specialist-Clinical (COS-C) designation and serves as Chief Quality Officer for OASIS Answers, Inc.
Marian Essey

Megan Bernier

MSPT RAC-CT COS-C
Megan is a physical therapist with a Masters in Physical Therapy. She has worked in the home health industry since 2010 as a field clinician, as well as in supervisory and administrative positions supporting home health quality improvement, regulatory compliance, clinical documentation, and operations. Megan currently supports OAI’s post-acute care work with provider education, guidance manual work, and CMS Help Desks support that provides guidance on data collection of OASIS, the MDS, the IRF-PAI and the LTCH CARE Data Set. She has a passion and appreciation for the critical need for OASIS accuracy and is a knowledgeable and passionate national OASIS educator.  Megan holds the Certificate for OASIS Specialist-Clinical (COS-C) designation and serves as a Post-Acute Care Senior Clinical Manager with OASIS Answers, Inc.
Megan Bernier

Kerry Termine

DPT HCS-D COS-C
Kerry is a physical therapist with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She has worked in the home health industry since 2007, as a field clinician, as well as in roles supporting coding and documentation for compliance and quality. She has over 15 years of experience conducting detailed reviews of clinical documentation for home health and hospice providers, focusing on OASIS and diagnosis coding accuracy, as well as regulatory compliance and documentation to support Medicare coverage. Kerry is a certified coder. Kerry currently supports OAI’s CMS contract teams' post-acute care work with public reporting, quality measure reports, guidance manual work and CMS help desk support, as well as serving as a member of OAI’s Blueprint Presenter Team.  She holds the Certificate for OASIS Specialist-Clinical (COS-C) designation and is a Clinical Consultant with OASIS Answers, Inc.
Kerry Termine

Lori Marmon

PT MBA COS-C
Lori is a physical therapist with a master’s in business administration.  She has been practicing for 25 years.  Initially focused in an outpatient setting, she transitioned to home care in 2009. Lori’s experience includes positions as a field clinician, quality educator and clinical manager. By focusing on high-quality outcomes and performance improvement, Lori’s work emphasizes the critical need for OASIS accuracy in measuring and achieving clinical success.  Lori currently supports OAI’s CMS contract work related to OASIS data collection guidance and serves on OAI’s Blueprint Presenter Team. Lori holds the Certificate for OASIS Specialist- Clinical (COS-C) designation and is a Clinical Consultant with OASIS Answers, Inc.
Lori Marmon

Elaine Gardner

MS RN COS-C CPHQ CHPN
Elaine is a registered nurse, practicing in home health since 1981. She has held a variety of clinical and management positions at hospital-based, local government, and non-profit agencies. Most recently, Elaine served as Quality Improvement Manager at large, urban private non-profit certified home health agency where she provided staff education, and monitored aggregate and patient-level data to meet the agency’s financial and quality objectives. Elaine has been a clinical instructor in the nursing programs at Loyola University of Chicago, University of Massachusetts/Amherst, and Northeastern University, and is has presented at the state, regional and national level on home health clinical practice, including issues related to caregiver needs and patient engagement.  Elaine is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) and a Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN). She holds the Certificate for OASIS Specialist-Clinical (COS-C) and serves as Senior Clinical Manager with OASIS ANSWERS, Inc.
Elaine Gardner

Wendy Anemaet

PT DPT PhD GCS CWS GTC COS-C
Wendy is a physical therapist since 1989 with experience in home health, acute care, rehab, outpatient, and skilled nursing. She is an Associate Professor at the School of Physical Therapy at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. Wendy is a Geriatric Clinical Specialist (GCS) and Certified Wound Specialist (CWS), has a Geriatric Training Certificate (GTC), and serves on the editorial board of Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation.  She has co-authored books on home health rehabilitation and has published hundreds of articles on home health therapy in peer-reviewed and trade publications. She provides training nationally on geriatric strengthening, wound assessment and management, falls prevention, and competency testing for home health physical therapists on the drug regimen review and pharmacology. Wendy has earned the Certificate for OASIS Specialist-Clinical (COS-C) designation and is a Senior Associate Consultant with OASIS Answers, Inc.
Wendy Anemaet

Ann White

PhD Director of Exam Psychometrics
Dr. White is an experienced psychometrician with hands-on experience in all aspects of the certificate program and examination development. For over 25 years she has been providing consultation to credentialing agencies and testing companies in all areas of test development including job analysis, development of test specifications, question writing, passing score studies, and psychometric analyses. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Cornell University. Dr. White has provided psychometric consultation to the COS-C Examination program since 2004.
Ann White

Karen Michael

Project Coordinator
Karen has a long and impressive history providing excellent administrative support to organizations and initiatives dedicated to home health and hospice quality. Most recently, Karen served as the Executive Administrative Assistant for the CEO and COO of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association. Karen provides invaluable support to OAI’s consulting and CMS contracting efforts.
Karen Michael

Melodie Perkins

Client Services Manager
Melodie serves as our Customer Care Coordinator and is often the first voice you’ll hear when calling the OAI office. Her role includes product fulfillment and addressing and triaging customer needs. Melodie has experience in office administration and reception support in multiple healthcare and service companies. She is an efficient and passionate advocate and support for our valued clients.
Melodie Perkins

Jennifer Beardall

CPA Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Jennifer is a seasoned tax, finance, and management professional with over 18 years of experience in accounting and operations management within the medical field and professional accounting firms. Jennifer has a Masters in Taxation and a Bachelor's degree in Accounting. She worked for Deloitte and Touche, LLP for five years and served as a practice manager/CFO for a private medical practice for 8 years. As CFO for OASIS Answers, Jennifer serves as financial advisor, contributing to operations oversight and strategic planning.
Jennifer Beardall

Amanda Gates

Business Operations Manager
Amanda is our contracts expert so if you would like to host a workshop at your agency location, she's the person that will help you with that! Amanda also helps every member of the OASIS Answers team by offering support in clerical and administrative tasks, calendar management, website/social media maintenance and other office projects. Amanda brings her sharp intelligence, deep commitment and a firm knowledge of OASIS Answers history to the job.
Amanda Gates

Jennifer Funk

Marketing & Education Manager
Jennifer leads our OAI sponsored education and marketing efforts. Her days are full of contracts, venue negotiations, and communications with customers. Jen also manages our customer database and website and is a large contributor when implementing our educational programs and activities. Jen has a degree from Washington State University and worked in higher education and in the non-profit sector prior to joining the team at OAI.
Jennifer Funk

Bharti Arora

COS-C Exam Project Manager
Bharti manages all of the aspects of the Certificate for OASIS Specialist-Clinical (COS-C) exam. Her detail-oriented approach to her work and technical expertise make her a good fit for the role. Bharti has a Master’s degree in Information Technology Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Before joining the OAI team, Bharti was an Operations Analyst at Microsoft and a Technical Support Specialist at Dell.
Bharti Arora

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