OASIS Answers, Inc. is a team of experienced nursing and therapy professionals who concentrate their skills, experience and passion for meeting the needs of clients at the state association, federal government, quality improvement organization, private industry, and individual provider levels.
OASIS Answers, Inc. (OAI) leads the home health care, hospice, and post-acute care industries in providing subject matter expertise and training relating to quality and patient assessment and measure reporting. OAI specializes in providing clinical and technical support to instrument developers and care providers related to patient assessment data collection instruments and quality measures utilized in the post-acute care (PAC) space.
OAI supports multiple Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) contracts across PAC settings, including supporting the Quality Reporting Program (QRP) contracts for home health, hospice, skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs), and long-term care hospitals (LTCHs). OAI supports CMS QRP contracts by assisting in the development of the post-acute care Guidance Manuals and by answering provider and vendor questions via national helpdesk support. The scope of CMS help desk support offered by OAI includes data collection accuracy, post-acute care quality measure specifications and reporting, and the use of quality measures in star ratings and value-based purchasing programs. Currently, OAI is providing instrument development and testing support for the Hospice Outcomes and Patient Evaluation (HOPE) Tool and hospice quality measure development.
The OAI team uses their vast experience in CMS cutting-edge initiatives along with their proven industry experience to demonstrate unparalleled excellence in creative and engaging educational approaches. OASIS Answers provides technical assistance and training support to the original and the Expanded Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Models. OASIS Answers, Inc. has contributed to the highly touted success of the original Home Health Value Based Purchasing Model through our multipronged influence in improving home health provider and patient outcomes by integrating OASIS item and quality measure education with quality improvement strategies.
The company was established in 1994 by Linda H. Krulish, PT MHS COS-C as Home Therapy Services, providing consulting and training nationally, and delivering contracted therapy services to a number of Medicare certified agencies.
To better reflect the focus of our work and expertise, in 2004 the company name was changed to OASIS Answers, Inc. This corporate name change and focus support our belief that OASIS data and its accuracy, and valid standardized data in general, have become central to critical industry needs including patient assessment, interdisciplinary collaboration, patient and provider outcomes, quality improvement, reimbursement, and survey compliance.
The mission of OAI is to support the education, documentation and clinical needs of post-acute care providers, and organizations and government entities who represent, support and regulate them.
We recognize the resource limitations and challenges facing the health care industry. The OAI team is committed to creating and providing programs and tools that simplify the rules, promote compliance, support best practices and result in the achievement of excellent outcomes.