Oasis-E Spotlight: Ethnicity

April 3, 2023

Making sense of CMS guidelines is more challenging than ever after the launch of OASIS-E and the abundance of changes that go along with it. KanTime’s OASIS Spotlight series will spotlight specific OASIS items to simplify the ruling and help clinicians significantly improve their understanding of OASIS so they can move forward with accuracy.

A1005: Ethnicity

This item is intended to identify the patient’s self reported ethnicity data.

Time points:

    • Start of Care

Are you of Hispanic, Latino/a or Spanish origin?

Code A, No, not of Hispanic, Latino/a, or Spanish origin
Code B, Yes, Mexican, Mexican American, Chicano/a
Code C, Yes, Puerto Rican
Code D, Yes, Cuban
Code E, Yes, another HIspanic, Latino, or Spanish origins
Code X, Patient unable to respond

Although the intent is for the source of information on this item is patient reported ethnicity, CMS will allow the information to be obtained from either a proxy or the medical record.

    • If a patient is unable to respond:
      • A proxy response may be used.
      • If neither the patient or a proxy is able to provide the information, medical record data may be used.
    • If a proxy and/or medical record data are used, check all boxes that apply INCLUDING Code X, patient unable to respond.

Code Y, Patient declines to respond

  • If the patient DECLINES to respond, do not use information obtained from a proxy or the medical record.

Dash IS NOT a valid response to this item.

We provide clinicians that are part of the KanTime enterprise system with links to the guidance from CMS for each individual OASIS item.

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