CMS is requesting approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the OASIS data set to accommodate ICD-10. This new version of the OASIS is referred to as the OASIS/ICD-10 data item set.
The Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA) prohibited the Secretary from adopting ICD-10 prior to October 1, 2015. As a result, the OASIS-C1 data item set that was created mainly because of the need to enable the coding of diagnoses using the ICD-10 could not be implemented on October 1, 2014. CMS then made interim changes to the OASIS-C1 data item set to accommodate the continuation of the ICD-9 diagnosis codes and this version of the data item set - OASIS-C1/ICD-9 - is to be used until the implementation of the ICD-10 coding on October 1, 2015.
According to NAHC, the OASIS-C1/ICD-10 version is basically the OASIS-C1 with a few technical and typographical corrections and a new name.
Even though the OMB approval request for the OASIS-C1/ICD-10 is a technical requirement for CMS, it does provide another opportunity for home health agencies to submit comments on the data item set. Comments are due April 24, 2015.