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June 27, 2019

Enhanced Assessment Submission & Processing System/User Tool for Home Health Providers for January 1, 2020

In March 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began delivering a series of enhancements to the Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (QIES). The upgraded system, called the Internet Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (iQIES), is an Internet facing, cloud-based system that is more reliable, intuitive, secure, and accessible. iQIES will be rolled out to post-acute care providers using a phased approach that began with Long Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs), to be followed by Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs) in October 2019. Home Health Agencies (HHAs) will be able to receive access to iQIES starting in July 2019 as part of the upcoming release on January 1, 2020. In January 2020, HHAs will have access to a new patient assessment upload and reporting interface that will replace the current Assessment Submission & Processing (ASAP) and the Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reports (CASPER) submission and reporting systems. This release will also include the ability for HHA providers and vendors to create assessments in iQIES, replacing the jHAVEN user tool. In addition, this release will include survey and certification functionality for HHAs.

What to Expect/Future Communications For additional information about the release of iQIES for HHAs, the following communications will be made available in coming weeks and in the next several months:

- iQIES Provider Security Official Request Letter – Instructions on how your organization can assign a “Provider Security Official” and begin the account creation process. A Provider Security Official will need to obtain this access in iQIES in order to approve access requests for your organization. We expect to start onboarding HHA Security officials in July 2019; onboarding for HHAs will continue for several months and will follow a schedule according to your organization’s state (details will be included in these instructions, to be sent in coming weeks).

- iQIES Training Video Announcement – Resources for how to navigate the iQIES system and how to utilize the improved functionality.

- iQIES XML Upload/Assessment Tool Release Announcement- Announcement of January 1, 2020 GoLive date for HHAs

- iQIES FAQs – Frequently asked questions that will be updated periodically based on end-user feedback to improve the overall experience.

***Although onboarding for HHAs will begin in July, iQIES assessment submission functionality will not be available until January 1, 2020. Although this functionality will not be available immediately, we encourage HHA security officials to request access to iQIES as soon as onboarding for your organization’s state has begun. Upon receiving access, security officials will have access to ‘My Profile’ and ‘Help’ in iQIES.

For More Information

Visit the http://qtso.cms.gov website, or contact our service desk at: help@qtso.com or by phone: 800- 339-9313 with any questions.

May 24, 2019

A specifications document providing technical details for OASIS-D1, effective January 1, 2020, is now available in the Downloads section below. These specifications supplement the information provided in the OASIS-D1 Update memorandum revised and posted May 2019 at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/HomeHealthQualityInits/HHQIOASISUserManual.html.

Final technical specifications for OASIS-D1 will be posted once they are available.

CMS is updating the Quality Improvement and Evaluation System

Starting in March, the Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (QIES), Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reports (CASPER) and Automated Survey Processing Environment (ASPEN) will undergo a series of modernizing enhancements. Once updated, the system will be called the Internet Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (iQIES). The iQIES system will not change how providers currently submit data to CMS.

The new enhancements in iQIES are based on user research and testing and feature a human-centered design and agile development practices. CMS is phasing in the iQIES system beginning with Long Term Care Hospitals (LTCH). Several updates to the QIES- Assessment Submission and Processing (ASAP) system are also planned. The Cloud-based solutions will also make it easier for users to receive support and use the system.

iQIES Details:

  • Users will no longer need a virtual private network (VPN) or CMSNet to access the system. iQIES is Internet-facing and maintains the latest system architecture and security standards.
  • System enhancements support flexible and user-friendly data reports for providers, allowing them to use real-time data for care planning as well as quality monitoring and improvement.
  • Users can access important information for work anywhere, at any time, on mobile devices, laptops, and tablets.

CMS will be sharing more information about iQIES such as onboarding, stakeholder engagement opportunities, training, and general updates soon!

If you have questions, please contact our service desk at: help@qtso.com or by phone: 800-339-9313.

OASIS Data Specifications V2.30.1

The OASIS Data Submission Specifications Version 2.30.1 are now available in the downloads section below. This FINAL version applies to the OASIS-D item set which is scheduled for implementation on January 1, 2019. Please note that, in addition to incorporating the issues identified previously in Errata Document V2.30.1, there were a few more revisions to the final specs. The edits for the M1311 items were revised, since the dash [-] is now an allowed value. Edit -4211 was replaced by edit -5680. Several edits for GG items were revised, as the caret [^] is not an allowed value for some of the items. Edit -5510 was revised to include only a subset of the Discharge Goal items. Please review the Item Change and Edit Change Reports for entries beginning with “[V2.30.1]” for additional details.

Errata Document V2.30.1 for OASIS Data Specifications V2.30.0

An errata document for the OASIS Data Submission Specifications Version 2.30.0 has been posted in the Downloads section below.  Three issues have been identified. As a result, one new edit, -5670, has been added to the M1028 items. Also, item M1860_CRNT_AMBLTN has been restored to RFAs 04 and 05, as it had been inadvertently removed from them. Furthermore, three edits were deleted from the M1021/M1023 items, as they referenced the M1025 items that have been deleted in OASIS-D.

OASIS Data Specifications V2.30.0

The OASIS Data Submission Specifications Version 2.30.0 are now available in the downloads section below. This DRAFT version applies to the OASIS-D item set which is scheduled for implementation on January 1, 2019. There are a large number of changes in this release. Many items have been deleted, while Sections GG and J have been added. Please review the Item Change and Edit Change Reports for the details.

OASIS Data Specifications V2.21.1

The OASIS Data Submission Specifications Version 2.21.1 are now available in the downloads section below. This FINAL version applies to the OASIS-C2 item set which is scheduled for implementation on January 1, 2018. There have been no additional changes since Errata V2.21.1.

Errata Document V2.21.1 for OASIS Data Specifications V2.21.0

An errata document for the OASIS Data Submission Specifications Version 2.21.0 has been posted in the downloads section below.  Two issues have been identified. One issue adds three items to the calculation section of the data specifications; note that there is no change to the item sets. The other issue adds an additional edit in Section M.

OASIS Data Specifications V2.21.0

The OASIS Data Submission Specifications Version 2.21.0 are now available in the downloads section below. This DRAFT version applies to the OASIS-C2 item set which is scheduled for implementation on January 1, 2018.  Please note the addition of edit -5480 for item M0063_MEDICARE_NUM, as well as its implementation, which is described on page 2 of the Overview document.

OASIS Data Specifications V2.20.1

The OASIS Data Submission Specifications Version 2.20.1 are now available in the downloads section below. This FINAL version applies to the OASIS-C2 item set which is scheduled for implementation on January 1, 2017.  This version incorporates the specification changes identified in Errata Document V2.20.3.

Updated!!! Errata Document V2.20.3 for OASIS Data Specifications V2.20.0

An errata document for the OASIS Data Submission Specifications Version 2.20.0 has been updated in the downloads section below.  In total, ten issues have now been identified.  Please take note of issue 10 in particular, which has resulted in the addition of several skip pattern edits that were inadvertently omitted from the data specifications.

Note that errata documents will now be assigned a version number for clarity.  The minor number (last digit on the right) will be incremented each time the errata is updated.  This is the third release of the errata, so the version is V2.20.3.

OASIS Data Specifications V2.20.0

The OASIS Data Submission Specifications Version 2.20.0 are now available in the downloads section below. This new version applies to the OASIS-C2 item set which is scheduled for implementation on January 1, 2017.  These specifications are considered DRAFT.

OASIS Data Specifications V2.12.0 Update

The OASIS Data Submission Specifications V2.12.0 (consisting of the previously posted OASIS-C1 Data Submission Specs and the subsequent Errata document) are now considered FINAL.

Updated!!!OASIS Data Specifications V2.12.0 Errata Document

Fifth Update! A fifth revision to the errata for the OASIS Data Submission Specifications Version 2.12.0 is now available in the downloads section below.  One issue has been rescinded and another has been added.  A total of fourteen issues are now identified in the errata (two have been rescinded).  NOTE:  Issue 13 is of critical importance and should be reviewed immediately.

OASIS Data Specifications V2.12.0

OASIS Data Submission Specifications Version 2.12.0 is now available in the downloads section below. This new version applies to the OASIS-C1/ICD-10 item set which is scheduled for implementation on October 1, 2015.  

OASIS Data Specifications V2.11.3 and Errata Document

OASIS Data Submission Specifications Version 2.11.3 is now available in the downloads section below.  This new version applies to the OASIS-C1/ICD-9 item set which is scheduled for implementation on January 1, 2015.  Version 2.10.1 of the data specifications, which was previously posted and which applies to OASIS-C, is also scheduled for implementation on January 1, 2015.
In addition to the data submission specifications, a new version of the Errata document for versions 2.10 and 2.11 of the data specifications is also available in the downloads section below.  Please note the following important information regarding the errata document:
     • Three errata issues (A53, A54, and A55) were identified after V2.11.3 of the OASIS-C1/ICD-9 data specifications was put into production.  These three issues have not been implemented in V2.11.3 of the data specifications.  Users of the data specs must treat the resolutions of these three issues as part of the V2.10 and V2.11 data submission specifications.
     • No further updates are planned for V2.10 of the OASIS-C data specs; V2.10.1 is therefore the last release planned for OASIS-C. The issue resolutions listed in Sections A and B of the Errata document have not been implemented in V2.10.1 of the data specifications. Users of the OASIS-C data specs must treat the resolutions of all of the issues listed in Sections A and B as part of the V2.10 data submission specifications.