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Home Health Agency

Pam Kerns
Program Manager

Outpatient and In-Home Care Services Section

A home health agency means a person or any legal entity which provides skilled nursing care or a minimum of one other therapeutic service which includes physical therapy, speech pathology, occupational therapy, respiratory care, home health aide services, social work, intravenous therapy or dialysis.

Licensure meansThe Department has issued a license to operate a service in the State of Nebraska to an individual, government, corporation, partnership, limited liability company, or other form of business operation that is legally responsible for the service's operation. This service has demonstrated that it meets the care, treatment, and operational standards contained in 175 NAC 14.

Certification means: The service is in compliance with the federal requirements PDF File42 CFR Part 484.1-484.55 and is eligible to receive payment under the Medicare program.  The service must have a license prior to being certified in the Medicare/Medicaid program.

The service is in compliance with the federal requirements and is eligible to receive payment under the Medicare program.  The service must have a license prior to being certified in the Medicare/Medicaid program.

Any Home Health Agency seeking certification is required to meet the Medicare Conditions of Participation (CoPs) prior to certification. This includes compliance with the OASIS collection and transmission requirements.  OASIS (The Outcome and Assessment Information Set) is the data set for use in home health agencies.   The following are links to OASIS and OASIS related web sites.

OASIS User Manuals
Includes new version of OASIS C and related information.

OASIS Overviewhttp://www.cms.hhs.gov/oasis/
A comprehensive site for OASIS information, resources and links to related web-sites.

OASIS Downloadhttps://www.qtso.com/hhadownload.html   
OASIS online training, questions and answers, tools, news and updates.

Quality Inprovement Evaluation System Technical Support Officehttps://www.qtso.com/index.php 
OASIS technical requirements and support for home health agencies, transmitting OASIS, updates, news, questions and answers.

Quality Inprovement Evaluation System to Successhttp://www.cms.hhs.gov/center/hha.asp
Web-based system developed to assist in managing and monitoring information and applications within the Quality Improvement Evaluation System.  Use this site to find information on CASPER, OASIS, HAVEN, etc. 

OASIS Answers
Contains key resources for OASIS.

Home Health Agency (HHA) Center    http://www.cms.hhs.gov/center/hha.asp
News and resources for Home Health Agencies.

Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society
http://www.wocn.org/pdfs/WOCN_Library/OASIS_Guidance_rev_07_24_2006.pdf
WOCN Society OASIS Guidance Document – rev.07/2006

National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel  http://www.npuap.org/resources.htm   
Wound resource

CONTACTS

Sheila Johnson, RN
Surveyor Consultant
Division of Public Health
Telephone 402-595-2536  Fax 402-742-2308
E-mail:  sheila.K.johnson@nebraska.gov

OASIS AUTOMATION COORDINATOR
Danny Vanourney, Program Specialist
MDS/OASIS Automation Coordinator
DHHS Medicaid and Long Term Care
Telephone 402-471-9678  Fax (402) 471-9092
E-mail: danny.vanourney@nebraska.gov

 

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