OASIS: Assessing at Start of Care

OASIS: Assessing at Start of Care 

The comprehensive assessment performed at the Start of Care (SOC) has many required elements for the development of a home health plan of care. These assessment elements and their accurate completion have a dramatic impact on patient quality measures and agency reimbursement. 

The Outcome and Assessment Information Set, currently known as the OASIS-D1, contains specific item sets that are part of the Start of Care. Evaluating pain, respiratory status, bowel function, the ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs), mobility, device and aid use, medications, and falls are crucial components. 

Assessment and evaluation in the home health environment are not meant to be performed in a linear fashion; instead, clinicians must learn to observe multiple indicators, often concurrently, that must be factored into completion of the OASIS-D1. This course will guide you through scenarios designed to provide an opportunity to practice analyzing patient assessment data for OASIS-D1 items using a holistic, efficient approach. This course is NOT designed to teach you how to code OASIS-D items appropriately, although you will be given an opportunity to use the data that you observe to enter codes for a few OASIS-D1 items. Finally, this course is not intended to cover all OASIS items. 


Hours: 0.75


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Course Details

Hours: 0.75
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 12/31/2022
Learning Objectives:
Identify the OASIS-D items presented in this simulation.
Efficiently interpret and collect home health patient start of care assessment data.

Section 1: Introduction 

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Start of Care Assessment 

Getting Started 

Meet Miriam


Section 3: In the Kitchen

Kitchen Scene


Section 4: In the Bathroom 

Pre-Bathroom Scene

Bathroom Scene




Did You Notice?

Section 5: Conclusion 


Course Contributor



Instructor: Jennifer W. Burks, M.S.N., R.N.

Jennifer W. Burks, M.S.N., R.N. has over 25 years of clinical and teaching experience, and her areas of expertise are critical care and home health. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Virginia in 1993 and her Master of Science in Nursing from The University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 1996. Her professional practice in education is guided by a philosophy borrowed from Florence Nightingale's Notes on Nursing, "I do not pretend to teach her how, I ask her to teach herself, and for this purpose, I venture to give her some hints." 

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