In a Medicare and Medicaid interim final rule with comment period (IFC) [CMS-5531-IFC], CMS indicated the delay is intended to provide maximum flexibilities for providers to respond to the public health threats posed by the COVID-19 PHE, and to reduce the burden release of the new OASIS would bring in administrative efforts associated with attending training, training their staffs and working with their vendors to incorporate the updated assessment instrument into their operations. Therefore, CMS is delaying the release of the updated version Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS-E) Instrument to reduce the burden that home health providers would otherwise incur as a result of being required to incorporate OASIS-E into their operations by January 1, 2021. CMS indicates this delay will enable providers to continue using the current version of the OASIS instrument, with which they are already familiar.
HHAs will be required to use OASIS-E on January 1st of the year that is at least 1 full calendar year after the end of the COVID-19 PHE.
For more information on the COVID-19 waivers and guidance, and the Interim Final Rule, please go to the CMS COVID-19 flexibilities webpage: https://www.cms.gov/about-cms/emergency-preparedness-response-operations/current-emergencies/coronavirus-waivers.