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Melissa Cott

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Peripheral Vascular Disease: How to Answer OASIS D M1028

Here are a few key points to remember when answering the home health care form OASIS D M1028 for Peripheral Vascular Disease for MyHomecareBiz:

  • The physician or physician designee must confirm that these diagnoses are active and associated with the patient’s home health episode of...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Feb 19, 2019

Do Not Resuscitate - 4 Keys to Effective Patient Communication

The patient's physician writes a do-not-resuscitate (DNR) order when cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) should not be attempted. Because CPR will not be attempted, other resuscitative

Posted by Melissa Cott on Feb 18, 2019

Confidentiality in Nursing: Everyone Needs to Sign an Agreement

If you have nursing, therapy and administrative staff accessing an electronic EMR system you need have to make sure each employee signs an EMR Confidentiality Form - also known as a Non-Disclosure Form.  A confidentiality or non-disclosure agreement is absolutely necessary for an...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Feb 15, 2019

Are You Doing Enough for Patients with Depression & Anxiety?

Depression and anxiety are major health issues among patients receiving home care, but are under-diagnosed and under-treated ... causing negative health outcomes. Your patient may be anxious and/or depressed because illness prevents participation in activities. While anxiety or...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Feb 14, 2019

6 Goals for OASIS-D GG0130B Oral Hygiene

Good mouth care is important. Not only for oral health but for general health as well. Poor dental health has been linked to cancer, cardio-respiratory problems and dementia. Although there is a

Posted by Melissa Cott on Feb 13, 2019

OASIS D - M2020 Oral Medications Management

Include the following evidence-based OASIS C/C1 best clinical practices for (M2020) Management of Oral Medications: the patient's current ability to prepare and take all oral medications reliably and safely, including administration of the correct dosage at the appropriate...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Jan 28, 2019

7 Keys to the Retention of Home Health Employees

The quality of home health employees management that a nurse, therapist or aide receives is critical to employee retention. The reasons home health workers leave their jobs has more to do with management and supervision not the job itself.

Posted by Melissa Cott on Jan 16, 2019

OASIS-D: Best Practices for Completing M1900 Fall Risk

Include the following CMS-published OASIS-D Best Practices for completing M1900 Falls Risk Assessment:

(M1910) Has this patient had a multi-factor Falls Risk Assessment using a standardized, validated assessment tool?

0 - No1 - Yes, and it does not indicate a risk for falls.2 - Yes,...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Jan 2, 2019