News Brief: CMS plans to reduce OASIS paperwork

In a proposal submitted to Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson’s Advisory Committee on Regulatory Reform, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to reduce the paperwork burden on home health agencies by streamlining Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) assessments.

Plans call for elimination of two of the 10 current OASIS assessments, which should result in a 27% overall reduction in paperwork time. The two assessments identified by the proposal for elimination are the second and 10th assessments.

CMS also plans to cut the number of questions on other OASIS assessments, including the recertification assessment.

The proposal calls for a decrease from 92 to 25 items in the recertification assessment.