Separate clinicians can do SOC OASIS and ‘first visit’

It seems that many agencies believe that the SOC OASIS needs to be done by the same clinician who did the first visit, but that’s not true.

The initial assessment does not have to done by the same person who does the comprehensive assessment. Most times, it is the same person because both assessments are completed during the same visit, but the CoPs allow for the initial assessment  being performed at a different visit.

Remember that if nursing is involved in the POC, an RN must conduct both assessments. In some instances, it may be a therapy only case, the therapist may complete the initial assessment and the RN may visit on the same day or within five days after the therapist’s visit to complete the comprehensive assessment.

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