June, 2001

Information Bulletin 01-17
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Complete Set of Home Health Agency (HHA) Interpretive Guidelines
Now Available at HCFA'S OASIS Home Page

New Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) Correction Policy
For Home Health Agencies

New Home Health Agency (HHA) Questions and Answers

Purpose:

This Information Bulletin serves to advise you of three new HHA items:

  1. On May 14, 2001, HCFA posted the complete set of HHA Interpretive Guidelines which include current regulations guidance and deficiency tag references. These can be accessed by going to the following web address:

    http://www.cms.hhs.gov/manuals/pub07pdf/ap%2Db.pdf

  2. The New Correction Policy for OASIS now allows Home Health Agencies (HHAs) to make their own key field changes. HHAs can still make changes to non- key field items as they did before implementation of this New Correction Policy. The New Correction Policy can now be accessed by going to HCFA'S OASIS Home Page.

    http://www.qtso.com/download/hha/HHAcorrectionpolicy.pdf

  3. HCFA has posted new HHA Questions and Answers at a new web site. This web site can be accessed at:

    http://www.cms.hhs.gov/oasis/

    Scroll down and Click on the title Questions and Answers. Click on the text of any question and an answer box appears. Click on the Left or Right arrows to the right of the GO button, to move between pages.

How do I access the OASIS Clinical and Technical Help Lines?

OASIS Clinical Help Line
Telephone:
Email:
  (651) 201-4314
oasis@health.state.mn.us
OASIS Technical Help Line
Telephone:
  (651) 201-3818 - Twin Cities Metro Area
1-800-657-3875 - Toll-Free

[Please Note: HCFA web site addresses are subject to change. As MDH becomes aware of these changes we will update the HCFA address on this bulletin at our MDH web site listed below.]

If you have any questions regarding this Information Bulletin, please contact in writing:

Minnesota Department of Health
Compliance Monitoring Division
Licensing and Certification Program
85 East Seventh Place, Suite 300
PO Box 64900
St. Paul, Minnesota 55164-0900
Telephone: (651) 201-4101

CM 4-27-2006