Wyatt Earp famously said, Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything. This adage rings true in home health billing, which sometimes feels like the wild, wild west. In running an effective agency, you may tend to focus on speed. How fast can you submit a RAP? How long will it take Medicare to pay you? How quickly can doctors sign orders? How fast can you find a temp nurse to cover a shift?
When you take the time to slow down and consider your daily activities, it’s clear accuracy plays a crucial role in success. Yet it sometimes feels easier to sacrifice accuracy for speed.
Specifically, your agency’s livelihood depends on the accuracy of your Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) practices and procedures. OASIS data collection acts as the eyes of Medicare, putting in perspective what care has or will be given to each patient and the care’s necessity. Correctly completing, submitting and updating each patient’s OASIS assessment sets the table for an accurate treatment plan, rate of reimbursement, correct care giver assignment, and later, proof of quality care.