April, 2002

Information Bulletin 02-4
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CMS OBQI'S and Quality Enhancement

Purpose:

This Information Bulletin is to inform Minnesota Home Health Agencies (HHAs) about the completion of the final phase of OASIS: the Outcome-based Quality Indicators (OBQI). As announced during the February 22, 2002, Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Satellite Broadcast, the OBQI reports are now available to HHAs. This broadcast explained what the OBQI reports are and how they are to be accessed and utilized by HHAs and State Agencies.

Regulatory Requirements:

At this time, CMS does not have regulatory authority to require HHAs to access and use the OBQI reports. CMS expects and strongly recommends that HHAs will use the OBQI reports for quality improvement and for consumer education.

How is information accessed about the OBQI'S?

Information about OBQI Reports may be accessed at the following CMS OASIS Training Website:

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

As you scroll down this page, an extensive list of OBQI materials can be downloaded and printed, including:

  • Introduction to OBQI - Handout
  • Reading and Interpreting OBQI and Patient Tally Report - Handout
  • How to Access Reports on the QIES System - 'Access Handout'
  • Steps in the OBQI Process - 'Steps Handout'
  • Two OBQI Manuals

To Order the Video Please Contact:

National Technical Information Services (NTIS)
5285 Port Royal Road
Room 1008, Sills Building
Springfield, VA 22161
Telephone: 703-605-6186
Web Site Address: http://www.ntis.gov/

If you have any questions about 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

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