Home Health Blogger

Melissa Cott

Recent Posts

Can Your Governing Body Answer These 10 Questions?

Medicare's Conditions of Participation (CoP) requires a Home Health Governing Body that must oversee hundreds of policies and procedures to monitor and regulate infection control, quality assurance, fiscal performance and accounting, emergency preparedness, employee credentials and...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Jul 7, 2020

Telehealth for COVID and ALL Home Health Patients

The Medicare system is under an ‘Emergency Declaration’ due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. This means that certain home health regulations have been relaxed and some requirements have been changed to prevent the interruption in home health care. All temporary changes to home health...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Jun 30, 2020

3 Steps to Effective Home Health QAPI

CHAP, JCAHO, ACHC & Medicare require that “The group of professional personnel meets frequently to advise the agency on professional issues, to participate in the evaluation of the agency’s quality assurance program...”

Your Agency's Incident Reporting System is the foundation for...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Jun 15, 2020

6 Practical Tips for Home Care: Alzheimer's

Include the following insider tips for patients with Alzheimer's Disease

In the early stages of Alzheimer's, your loved one may still be able to perform the daily tasks that allow a person to live and function independently. As the disease progresses, these responsibilities will...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Jun 8, 2020

CDC Coding Guidelines for COVID-19

Use the following CDC Guidelines for assigning ICD-10 to patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19:

Posted by Melissa Cott on May 19, 2020

Home Health Coding: Medicare Do's & Don'ts under PDGM

With CMS’s Home Health Patient Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) that became effective 1/1/2020, the practice of coding home health OASIS assessments also changed. Before, we recorded six (6) diagnosis codes on the OASIS assessment. Now, we can include up to twenty-five (25) diagnoses...

Posted by Melissa Cott on May 6, 2020

COVID-19 Home Health Assessment & Careplan

If your Agency is visiting patients who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or suspected COVID-19, use the following guidelines for home health visits, including appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) use, physical assessment of the patient and patient/caregiver teaching.

Posted by Melissa Cott on Apr 23, 2020

Treating Insomnia in the Elderly: Home Health Careplan

Insomnia, aka 'interrupted nighttime sleep', is a persistent problem in the elderly. Age-related sleep problems are frequently and mistakenly considered to be a normal part of aging. It's been reported that more than 50% of people over 65 experience regular insomnia.

Posted by Melissa Cott on Apr 22, 2020