January 20, 2014

Sharp completes certification

Submitted by Gordon Hospital

CALHOUN — Nancy Sharp, RN of Gordon Home Care, a division of Gordon Hospital, has successfully completed the Certificate for OASIS Specialist – Clinical exam and may now use the COS-C designation.

To achieve the COS-C designation, sponsored by OASIS Answers, Inc. (OAI), an individual must successfully complete a 100-item, two-and-a-half hour exam. Since its inception in late 2004, over 13,000 candidates have taken the COS-C exam looking to demonstrate their OASIS competency. This exam is the only nationally standardized, psychometrically validated test that strictly evaluates a clinician’s knowledge of CMS’ OASIS guidelines.

The Outcome and Assessment Information Set, (OASIS), is a data set required for use in home health agencies across the country to measure outcomes and processes and to determine reimbursement for home health patients. OASIS Answers is dedicated to promoting greater reliability in OASIS data, through consistent application of guidelines provided by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). OAI facilitates this goal by offering a voluntary certificate examination which home care providers may take in order to demonstrate and establish their expertise and commitment to OASIS data accuracy. Candidates who successfully complete the examination will be awarded the Certificate for OASIS Specialist – Clinical (COS-C) designation.

“We are very proud of Nancy for earning this designation,” says Candy Van Dyke, director of Gordon Home Care. “Her dedication to her profession and desire to continue learning and growing is certainly a tremendous benefit for our patients of Gordon Home Care and we are very proud of her accomplishments.”

Sharp, who has been employed by Gordon Hospital for more than nine years, serves as clinical supervisor for Gordon Home Care.