CradleMRx releases update for OASIS C2 2017

CradleMRx is ready for the OASIS C2 2017 update.  You will notice that previous OASIS will remain functional under the old OASIS C1 ICD-10 format.  Any new OASIS, as of January 1st, 2017, will be under the newly updated OASIS C2 format.

Background Information from CMS

Per CMS, “effective January 1, 2017, OASIS-C2 is the current version of the OASIS data set.  It was developed from OASIS-C1/ICD-10 to accommodate new data being collected for the Home Health Quality Reporting Program in support of the IMPACT Act.” For full details visit the CMS site here.

CradleMRx’s new OASIS C2 2017 uses updated technology for optimum speed.  It will also implement augmented compliance features where applicable by showing the current selection in the given sections of the OASIS in an ORANGE box.

Expected Changes

  •  The OASIS C2 version includes three new standardized items (M1028, M1060, GG0170c), along with modification to and renumbering of select medication and integumentary items to standardize with other post-acute settings of care (M1311, M1313, M2001, M2003, and M2005).
  •  The lookback period and item number was changed in five items (M1500, M1510, M2015, M2300 and M2400).
  •  Formatting changes were made throughout the document to convert multiple check boxes to a single box for data entry, where responses are mutually-exclusive, and to change the numbering for pressure ulcer staging from Roman to Arabic numerals.
  •  The complete set of OASIS-C2 data items can be found in the Downloads section here.

CradleMRx is ICD-10 Ready

The transition to ICD-10 is required for everyone covered by the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA). We at Cradle Solution, Inc. have implemented our ICD-10 lookup in a way that makes using it as simple as possible. The two-way mapping of both ICD-9 and ICD-10 ensures that our users can search for diagnosis codes using either format.

The image below shows the result of searching for an ICD-10 code; the corresponding ICD-9 codes are displayed on the right side of the page. Currently, use of ICD-10 codes is restricted until the official rollout date of October 1, 2015.

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For users who would rather search by ICD-9 during this transitional period, the diagram below shows a diagnosis search for an ICD-9 code; the corresponding ICD-10 codes are displayed in the right-side panel. Currently, only ICD-9 codes are available for selection. After the October 1st rollout date, ICD-10 codes will be selectable from this search.

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Once the correct diagnosis code is selected, the green button containing the correct ICD code will insert the selected code to the OASIS page.

Extended Support Hours

In order to better service our customers, we are proud to announce that we have now extended our support hours on weeknights to 7pm CST, making our support hours 9am-7pm CST Monday through Friday. Support can be contacted via phone or chat during these hours.

To access our customer support, visit the Support page..

We look forward to delivering exceptional customer service and keeping you informed about the latest changes to CradleMRx.

Single Sign-On

Over one year ago, CradleMRx introduced Single Sign-On. This allowed users to use only a single login for CradleMRx, even when working with multiple agencies. To make the transition to Single Sign-On easier, we left the traditional “Agency Key” login available.

After a great deal of internal discussion, we feel that the time has come to retire the key-based login. Not only will this simplify login overall, but it will ensure we can help our customers easier in the future.

We will roll out these changes to all users beginning February 1, 2014. After this time, the regular key-based login will be unavailable and you will need to use Single Sign-On.

Benefits to Single Sign-On

No need to contact us for password resets. Since your email address is registered in the system, simply use your email to reset or change your password at any time.

Better notifications. If we have to notify you of a problem, we can email you about it immediately. You won’t have to wait to see it in MRxMail, or hear about it from your administrator.

Simpler login. There will only be a single login form for CradleMRx. Get your work done quicker and easier, and no need to remember multiple agency keys!

More access. As we roll out more features and products, you can use your Single Sign-On account to access these as they become available.

To create a Single Sign-On login, you can download instructions here.

As we continue into 2014, expect more changes that will improve the CradleMRx experience.

Houston, Dallas & Fort Worth in Top 5 Cities to Buy a Home in 2014

2014 is here. Prosperity is on everyone’s mind. But where in the U.S. can one find the most potential for prosperity? Perhaps the following article may shed some potential light on the subject, at least as it relates to housing, low unemployment, economic outlook and low investment risk.

Anyone from Texas? With three cities listed as top cities to buy a home in 2014, if expectations hold true, you may be getting extra help with regards to your prosperity goals. But there are other states with cities listed as well, including Oklahoma, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, Nevada, Idaho, Michigan, Utah, Massachusetts, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, A quick glimpse according to the related Forbes article, “Homes in the greater Dallas region are … expected to rise … 29% over the next three years.”

Read full article here.

CradleMRx Version 4.5 Release Notes

This is a summary of the updates that all users should be aware of in CradleMRx 4.5.

OASIS-C Version II

  • All our OASIS M0 elements now allow for more documentation space to allow the nurses to capture more detailed information about an assessment.
  • In order to achieve a true creation of the plan of care from the OASIS assessment, each section of the OASIS now has goals and intervention features that come with predefined goals and interventions with additional space for additional information to be entered. This information combines to become part of the Plan of Care (485). This eliminates the need to create the Plan of Care from scratch. By properly filling out the assessment, the Plan of Care is created at the same time.
  • Clinicians can now determine the sequence in which Plan of Care goals and interventions are arranged on the 485.
  • The nursing assessment sections of OASIS have been improved to capture more details. For example: areas like ‘Diabetic Foot Exam’, ‘Is Patient on dialysis’, ‘Infusion’.
  • Corrections can now be made to Non–M0 elements of the OASIS assessment without having to re-open the assessment completely.
  • A new reference episode calendar view has been created on the frequency page of the OASIS with pointers on episode start and end dates.
  • The medication profile is now fully embedded in OASIS. Clinicians can complete the medication profile in OASIS without having to leave the OASIS screen. Medication profile display in the OASIS has been reformatted to display even more information.
  • Data lookup for OASIS assessments has been improved. Content can now be added to the data lookup directly on the OASIS page without having to close out the current work page.

Pediatrics Daily Flow Sheet

  • Agencies using the pediatrics module can input and print their daily flow sheet in CradleMRx.

OASIS Scrubber

  • The OASIS Scrubber is a new feature that helps find clinical inconsistencies in the OASIS and also gives suggestions on how to properly fill out the OASIS document in order to maximize reimbursement. It also helps to reduce the time spent on reviewing the assessments, thereby increasing agency productivity.

Employee Time Clock

  • Keep track of employees’ work hours with the new ‘Time Clock’ feature in CradleMRx. This new Time Clock feature enables office staff to clock in/out and while providing a means to track information needed for payroll.

Sliding Scale

  • All patients with insulin can now be documented using a sliding scale.

Medicaid

  • The Medicaid module now allows the user to document a progress note.

Version 4.1 is Coming Soon

For home health agencies and clinicians, recent technology has been a boon to those professionals who need to stay mobile while getting work done. Mobile computing is becoming the norm, and all industries need to stay up-to-date on the latest technology to even keep up with competition.

While CradleMRx has traditionally been focused on replicating a desktop-like experience, this has proven problematic with the wide array of devices available on the market. We have been working on bringing all the features available in the desktop experience to the mobile computing environment, because we don’t feel you should have to trade a powerful workflow for a watered-down mobile experience.

To that end, we have made a number of usability improvements across many areas of CradleMRx. We’ve smoothed out interaction with OASIS, Nurse Notes, OT Notes, HHA Notes, Referral Intake Forms; as well as other minor UI improvements across the board.

Along with mobile improvements, we’ve also squashed some bugs and added a few new features.

This release has mostly been focused on mobile usability, but we will continue to incorporate your feedback into upcoming changes to CradleMRx. Please feel free to let us know how we’re doing!

Hurricane Season Preparation for Home Health Agencies

As the most recent storm on its way past the East Coast leaves the United States mainland, it serves as a reminder of the hurricanes that hit the Gulf Coast region in recent years.

CradleMRx clients can rest assured, as they always have in hurricane evacuation situations that their patient records and workflow information are and will remain safe and available online anytime.

With hurricane season starting today (June 1st) and running through November 30, the obvious question remains:

Are you prepared for this hurricane season?

Please share with us any interesting anecdotes and/or useful tips for home health agencies as it relates to this topic.

Below you will find some useful links you may want to share with your colleagues and family members as well.

See the Tropical Cyclone Preparedness guide at http://www.weather.gov/os/hurricane/resources/TropicalCyclones11.pdf from the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

Track storms from http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ at the National Hurricane Center’s website.

Find Hurricane Information for Health Care Professionals at http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/hcp.asp from the Center from Disease Control and Prevention CDC.

National Nurses Week – May 6-12

National Nurses week is celebrated annually starting on May 6th, which is also known as Nurses Day, and continues all week through May 12th this year. In honor of all nurses, everyone at Cradle salutes you for the daily caring gestures and positive impact you bring to the world daily.

The Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebellius issued a statement which is worth reading for its insightful information about the impact of the Affordable Care Act has on the nursing world.

To read the full article, click here.