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Health Care Training

For those direct care workers or health facility employees who are interested in or required to take ongoing training, you will find some helpful information and links for some of that training here.

OASIS stands for “Outcome and Assessment Information Set” as a group of data elements. Medicare and Medicaid use OASIS data sets as an important piece in assessments for adult home care patients and to help measure patient outcomes. Over many years and pieces of clinical research, the OASIS system has been refined to help health providers accurately assess and measure outcomes for their patients.

Interested in learning more? OASIS 101 classes provide a basic review of CMS guidance on how to fill out OASIS data required by Medicare and Medicaid. If you work in the home healthcare field in any capacity, this training would be beneficial. In the State of Iowa, only the staff of home health agencies are offered OASIS training.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic all scheduled OASIS training will be held virtually via Google Meet, during the same time/days originally scheduled. Please register for all training classes by filling out our OASIS Training form.

Register for an OASIS Training

Description: This class is an overview of OASIS D1 in totality. The class will benefit new home health clinicians or those who need to refresh OASIS knowledge. This class will review OASIS D1 history, conventions and guidance to answer OASIS data questions accurately and according to CMS direction. There is no cost for the class.

Dates, locations, and times: Below you will find calendar year 2020 training sessions. All classes are scheduled to run 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted). More specific training details will be sent to contacts or participants approximately 10-14 days prior to the session.

Registration requirements: In order to register your staff for this training please submit the following information through our registration form.

  • Name of your facility
  • Number of participants from your facility attending
  • Contact name, phone number, and email address for the person at your facility who can get information to the participants and who can be contacted in case of last minute changes, etc.

Please note that if you have not received an email back regarding registration of staff DO NOT assume your staff are registered. If you don’t receive an email confirming registration within a week you will need to send a follow up email to Lori Brown (lori.brown@dia.iowa.gov) to confirm registration.

Cancellation requirements: If you need to cancel the registration for any of your participants please notify lori.brown@dia.iowa.gov immediately so those spots may be opened up to other participants. There is always a high demand for this training and no-shows leave open spots that could have been filled by others wishing to attend. NOTE: All OASIS classes are being conducted virtually until further notice.
 
Questions regarding registration can be directed to Lori Brown. For all other questions regarding the OASIS training, including questions about course content and future scheduling requests, please contact Maribeth Freland, OASIS education coordinator, at 515.669.6236 or maribeth.freland@dia.iowa.gov.

Course Session Schedule

Date Host Agency Location
10/20/20 Chickasaw County Public Health Virtual
10/22/20 DIA Virtual
11/19/20 Greenbelt Home Health Virtual

 

In 2019, HF 731 modified the requirements for mandatory reporter training for child and dependent adult abuse. The Iowa Department of Human Services now provides online training for free. The AEA provides the same trainings online for a fee. Visit the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners website for more information.

Iowa's community colleges offer training for individuals interested in becoming certified nursing assistants (CNAs). The colleges offer both classroom studies and hands-on clinical training. Written and skills tests also are provided by the schools. Successful completion of both tests is required to be placed on the Iowa Direct Care Worker Registry. If a potential CNA does not pass either one of the tests in three attempts, the 75-hour course and tests must be retaken.

Learn more about the community colleges and their training courses.