CMS starts rule-making process for OASIS-D item set revision

Source: Home Health Line
CMS filed a notice and request for comment on proposed revisions to the OASIS item set. The notice was posted on the Federal Register website March 9 and was scheduled for publication March 12.
CMS is seeking approval from the Office of Management and Budget for the January 1, 2019 implementation of OASIS-D. Public comment will be open for 60 days.
CMS has also posted a 2019 OASIS change table online. In the crosswalk …

CMS announces news related to IGs, IMPACT Act

Source: Home Health Line
Final interpretive guidelines for the revised Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs) are expected to be released in about six to eight weeks, a CMS official told attendees of ElevatingHOME’s National Leadership Conference on March 9 in Washington D.C.
The official told attendees about two changes to the guidelines involving language related to comprehensive assessments [§484.55(b)(1) and §484.55(d)(1)].
During the same conference session, CMS officials said the federal Medicare agency will meet some but …

New Medicare card project special open door forum March 20

CMS will host a Special Open Door Forum to give providers an opportunity to ask questions about the New Medicare Card Project on Tuesday, March 20 from 2:00pm-3:00pm, ET. Providers are encouraged to use this call to get answers to questions and get prepared to accept the new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier starting April 1, 2018.
For more information, visit the New Medicare Card website. Send feedback and questions to
Participation Instructions:

Participant Dial-In Number: 800-837-1935; Conference ID …

The absence of this protein leads to rapid and severe bone loss

A new University at Buffalo study published on March 7 in the Journal of Dental Research found that when the gene needed to produce the protein tristetraprolin (TTP) was removed from healthy mice, the rodents’ bones took on the form of a much older animal.
One function of the TTP protein is to regulate inflammation–a reaction that can be considered a good thing when it’s produced by the immune system to protect the body from injury …