Three Cornerstone VNA Staff Achieve OASIS Certification

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Cornerstone VNA is proud to announce that three staff members have achieved OASIS certification (Outcome and Assessment Information Set). Karen Parker, RN, QI Coding and Documentation Specialist, Joyce Frizzell, RN, QI Documentation Specialist and Karen Krause, PT, Rehab Manager have successfully completed the Certificate for OASIS Specialist-Clinical exam and may now use the COS-C designation. According to Quality Improvement Director June Gallup, RN, MS, HCS-D, COS-C, BCHH-C, “We are very proud of our newly certified staff. Karen P., Joyce and Karen K. will use their knowledge and understanding of OASIS C to ensure that the agency continues to provide quality patient care, secure accurate assessments and clinical documentation and meet all regulatory standards.” Gallup adds, “They will also be able to provide direction and instructions to all of our clinical staff.”

To achieve the COS-C designation, sponsored by OASIS Answers, Inc. (OAI), an individual must successfully complete a 100-item, two and one half hour exam. Since its inception in late 2004, over 13,000 candidates have taken the COS-C exam looking to demonstrate their OASIS competency. This exam is the only nationally standardized, psychometrically validated test that strictly evaluates a clinician’s knowledge of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) OASIS guidelines.

OASIS is a data set required for use in home health agencies across the country to measure outcomes and processes and to determine reimbursement for home health patients. OASIS Answers is dedicated to promoting greater reliability in OASIS data, through consistent application of guidelines provided by CMS. OAI facilitates this goal by offering a voluntary certificate examination which home care providers may take in order to demonstrate and establish their expertise and commitment to OASIS data accuracy. Candidates who successfully complete the examination will be awarded the Certificate for OASIS Specialist-Clinical (COS-C) designation. To learn more about the COS-C Exam and OASIS Answers visit www.oasisanswers.com or call 425-868-2304.

Cornerstone VNA is a non-profit home, health and hospice agency currently serving Rockingham, Strafford, Belknap and Carroll Counties in New Hampshire and York County in Maine. The team at Cornerstone VNA provides skilled nursing, rehabilitative therapies, social work as well as volunteer and support services through five distinct programs: Home Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Life Care-Private Duty and Community Care. For more than 100 years, Cornerstone VNA has been committed to bringing services to people of all ages, regardless of their ability to pay, so that families can stay together at home, even when facing the challenges of aging, surgical recovery, chronic or life-threatening illnesses or end of life care. To learn more about Cornerstone VNA, visit www.cornerstonevna.org or call 800-691-1133.

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