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Joy Joan E. De Castro, RN, MSN

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How do steroids help cancer patients?

Corticosteroids, or just steroids, can be prescribed for a wide-range of conditions. How do steroids help cancer patients? For those patients, steroids can be prescribed for the following reasons:

Posted by Joy Joan E. De Castro, RN, MSN on Feb 7, 2018

Dysphagia Diets? Home Health Nurses & Therapists Should Know...

Dysphagia is among the most common conditions in home health patients and poses a great risk for re-hospitalization. Teaching and guidance on the National Dyphagia Diet (NDD) Dysphagia Diet for patients with swallowing, feeding and eating difficulties should be included in your...

Posted by Joy Joan E. De Castro, RN, MSN on Feb 6, 2018

Home Health Care - M2250b: Essentials of Diabetic Foot Care

Foot ulceration is a common problem for people with diabetes, especially those with peripheral neuropathy and/or peripheral vascular disease.  One of the best approaches in diabetes management is making sure that both the patients and members of the health team are all educated...

Posted by Joy Joan E. De Castro, RN, MSN on Jan 17, 2018

Ace Your OASIS C2 Audit with Good Documentation

OASIS C2 - MyHomeCareBiz would like to take you back to the basics of home health documentation because the professional responsibility related to this is an essential component of home healthcare.

Posted by Joy Joan E. De Castro, RN, MSN on Jan 16, 2018

OASIS C2 - One Clinician Rule: What is this about?

Home Health Care - The updated OASIS C2 Guidance Manual took effect last January 1, 2018 and MyHomeCareBiz is fully prepared to provide you with guidance on the most recent updates. One significant matter to note is that the OASIS data sets remain the same and have not changed any...

Posted by Joy Joan E. De Castro, RN, MSN on Jan 9, 2018

Home Health 2018 CoPs: Updated Personnel Qualifications

Medicare's new home health Conditions of Participation go into effect in January 2018. There are multiple changes to the language of the condition regarding personnel qualifications §484.105. Changes to the language include the following:

Posted by Joy Joan E. De Castro, RN, MSN on Oct 24, 2017

Home Health 2018 CoPs: Summary of Changes to Patient Rights

Medicare's new home health Conditions of Participation go into effect in January 2018. There are multiple changes to the language of the condition regarding patient rights §484.50.  Changes to the language include the following:

Changes to language at CoP at §484.50 Patient Rights

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Posted by Joy Joan E. De Castro, RN, MSN on Oct 11, 2017

Managing the Home Health Patient on Insulin

Home health patient teaching for insulin therapy include the following MyHomecareBiz objectives: 

1. To provide the suggested procedure for the initiation of insulin for people with diabetes which is evidence based and considered best practice2. To ensure that the patient is able to...

Posted by Joy Joan E. De Castro, RN, MSN on Mar 28, 2017