Issue: Home Health Abbreviated Comprehensive Assessment

Question: NAHC has received several questions regarding whether CMS has waived the comprehensive assessment requirement to permit an abbreviated assessment using only the items necessary for care planning and payment.

Answer: CMS has not issued any other blanket waivers other than the following:

  • The timeframes related to OASIS Transmission. Allows Medicare Administrative Contractors to extend the auto-cancellation date of requests

There is confusion because CMS has posted this document. The waivers in this document are examples of blanket waivers that were issued during Katrina but have not been issued, thus far, for the COVID-19 pandemic. Individual providers or groups, such as, state associations or state representatives may request additional waivers by submitting a request to 1135waiver@CMS.HHS.gov. CMS could decide to apply any requested waiver more broadly.