One of our advertisers, an EMR vendor, reported to us this week that they have been getting requests to add a feature to automate the process of submitting OASIS documents to CMS via the ASAP system (National OASIS Assessment Submission and Processing). The argument is that such a feature would simplify the procedure and save the Medicare home care provider precious time that they now spend logging onto ASAP, locating the file on their server, and submitting it.
The requester used leverage. "One of your competitors has been soliciting our business and they offer automated OASIS submissions. If you added that feature for us, we wouldn't have to consider switching to them."
We helped our advertiser research the question and learned that they received the following missive from CMS, in an email signed not by a person but by "The OASIS Tech Issues Team."
Thank you for your inquiry. CMS does not allow automated scripting to be used for submissions of OASIS data to the ASAP system, as it is against CMS security policies. You are correct that there are vendors who submit for providers. However, if it should be discovered by CMS that a vendor is using automated scripting to submit, their scripting software's access to the ASAP system will be discontinued.
What is the phrase? "Let the buyer beware." If your EMR software vendor offers this "convenience," apparently you had better make them stop before you both get in trouble.
©2016 by Rowan Consulting Associates, Inc., Colorado Springs, CO. All rights reserved. This article originally appeared in Tim Rowan's Home Care Technology Report. homecaretechreport.com One copy may be printed for personal use; further reproduction by permission only. firstname.lastname@example.org