RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, DEC. 27 – Mi-Co, the mobile data capture software company, today announced that its Point of Care E-Forms Solution, Mi-Forms for Home Health, is fully compliant with the Prospective Payment System (PPS) 1.6 specifications approved by the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for January 1, 2008. The OMB changed the Outcome and Assessment Data Set (OASIS) that provides information needed for the revised PPS in 2008. These changes by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) of the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services are the first full-scale reform of the Medicare Home Health Prospective Payment System since it was introduced in October 2000.
While many home health care providers have been scrambling to make changes to paper forms and electronic processes that accommodate PPS, customers using Mi-Co’s Point of Care E-Forms Solution have already been provided with fully revised and field tested electronic forms that incorporate the changes to the OASIS data set.
“Mi-Co’s homecare customers can be confident that their Mi-Forms E-Forms for Point of Care correctly reflect the OMB’s 1.6 specifications,” said Melissa Neal, VP of Sales for Mi-Co. “Mi-Co customers can continue to accurately capture OASIS data at the point of care via our easy handwritten forms interface, have that data checked against the new OASIS rules in real-time, and then immediately transmit the electronic data through the system, thereby ensuring proper and timely availability for processing for payments.”
Home health organizations had less than 60 days from the final rules approval by OMB to change their processes to become compliant with the new PPS. Ensuring accurate data in OASIS assessments is a critical element of providing quality of care and receiving proper reimbursements, and directly affects every Medicare-certified agency’s bottom line. Mi-Forms for Home Health allows agencies to eliminate paper forms in the field while providing nursing staff with a comfortable, easy-to-use handwritten forms interface on a Tablet PC. This Point of Care E-Forms Solutions saves time and money, improves efficiency and accuracy, and provides more timely access to OASIS data.
Mi-Co, the mobile data capture software company, provides digital writing software that enables efficient, effective data capture and communication from handwriting. Mi-Co’s enterprise Mi-Forms Software System enables flexible e-forms design for data capture using digital ink and provides handwriting interpretation, touch-screen input, verification, data validation and communication of forms-based data for enterprise users. Mi-Forms supports tablet PCs, UMPCs, digital pens, pocket PCs and signature capture devices. Mi-Co is headquartered in Research Triangle Park, NC, with customer service centers in Washington and Colorado. For more information on Mi-Co, visit www.mi-corporation.com.