Volume #1-2019 | February 2019
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Cabinet for Health & Family Services
Office of Inspector General
Division of Health Care
Home Health Agency Newsletter
February 2019
Final OASIS-D Guidance Manual Available

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the final OASIS-D Guidance Manual, effective January 1, 2019. It is available in the Downloads section, of the OASIS User Manual website , as well as, an Errata document, dated 01-25-2019.
Home Health Patient-Driven Groupings Model Call

Register for the February 12, 2019 Home Health Patient-Driven Groupings Model MLN Call. During this call, learn about the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) that will be implemented on January 1, 2020. The PDGM is a case-mix adjustment methodology that will adjust home health payments, based on patient characteristics for 30-day periods of care, to home health agencies providing home health services under Medicare Fee-For-Service.

For more information, visit the 2-12-19 call detail webpage .
jHAVEN 1.4.0

jHAVEN (Home Assessment Validation and Entry System) v1.4.0, currently available under the related links section at the bottom of the jHAVEN webpage , is a Java-based application which allows Home Healthcare providers to collect and maintain agency, patient and OASIS assessment data for subsequent submission to the appropriate national data repository. jHAVEN is a free software application provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Please consult the jHAVEN Installation and User Guides for additional information.

jHAVEN v1.4.0 includes the following enhancements:
  • OASIS D Data Set (effective 01/01/2019)
  • v2.30 OASIS Data Submission Specifications
  • v8119 Home Health PPS Grouper
Interested in Serving on an IDR Panel?
Kentucky requires one member of the IDR panel to be "a person currently engaged in the provision of Home Health Agency services who has no affiliation with the provider disputing a deficiency." Typically, a Home Health Agency Director is on each IDR panel. There is no payment or travel reimbursement for a Director serving on a panel. Directors will be rotated. If a Home Health Agency Director is interested in serving on a panel, a confidentiality statement must be signed prior to the participation in the first IDR panel.
Please complete the  Confidentiality Agreement  and submit via email , fax, or mail to:
Chrystal Daugherty, IDR/IIDR Coordinator
Office of Inspector General
116 Commerce Ave.
London, KY 40744
Fax: (606) 330-2054
Home Health Agency Questions and Answers

Home Health Agency (HHA) Providers can access the Home Health and OASIS Q&As and other reference manuals on the HHA Providers Reference site .

These Questions and their responses have been developed over many years of experience training OASIS coordinators and are currently used as part of the Home Health Agency Surveyor Training program. They can and should be used by home health agency providers in training new staff on the basics of OASIS and also as a refresher for existing staff. 

If you don't find the information you are looking for there, please submit your question to the Home Health Quality Questions mailbox .  
OASIS Answers, Inc. is a team of experienced nursing and therapy professionals who concentrate their skills, experience and passion to meet the needs of clients at the state association, federal government, quality improvement organization, private industry, and individual provider levels.

Click here for the latest information on their webinars.
Chrystal Daugherty
Assessment/Coding Questions
 606-330-2030 x.283 or  e-mail  
Rhonda Littleton-Roe  
Transmission or Technical Questions
502-564-7963 x.3300 or   e-mail

Michelle Ryan  
HHA Licensing or Regulation Questions
502-564-7963 x.3298 or   e-mail
OASIS Data Specifications
The OASIS Data Submission Specifications Version 2.30.1 are now available in the downloads section of the OASIS Data Specifications website .

To enroll in KARES voluntarily, please click the icon above and follow the self-directed enrollment process.

For additional information about the program, please contact the help desk at (502)564-2159 or via email .
Home Health Compare
Click here to visit the website or click here for guidance on how to verify and update home health demographic data.
Reporting Complaints
Email addresses have been established for use by patients and the general public to report possible violations of regulatory requirements.  Click Here  for the email addresses and additional contact information based on the facility's location. 

Which Enforcement Branch
is Serving You? 
To provide the highest level of service, the Division of Health Care operates through four regional offices. Knowing the appropriate Enforcement Branch to contact with questions and concerns will ensure you receive maximum service in minimum time. Review links below for detailed information.

New Medicare Cards
The new Medicare card mailouts are complete. For any questions regarding the cards, please see the Medicare website.
Memo Board

CMS Survey and Certification memoranda, guidance, clarifications and instructions to State Survey Agencies and CMS Regional Offices.
Medicare Learning Network

Let the Medicare Learning Network (MLN) be your home for Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) education, information, and resources. 

Visit the Medicare Learning Network for free educational materials for health care professionals on CMS programs, policies, and initiatives.
ISTW: Integrated Surveyor Training Website

This CMS website provides training information to include the preceptor manual, the State Operations Manual and other documents. As always, the survey and certification process is a collaborative effort between CMS and providers. This website will allow providers the opportunity to take the same courses as surveyors.

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