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Melissa Cott

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OASIS M1200 Vision Deficit: Assessment & Careplan

Are you Careplanning for a Vision Deficit? 

Patients typically have risk factors that make clinical and rehabilitative care more complicated – confusion, non-compliance, lack of family support…and a vision deficit. These are just a few example of factors that create impediments to a...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Oct 6, 2020

What's the Most Important Intervention for Hypertension?

For patients with hypertension, teaching the patient (or caregiver) to take her/his own blood pressure should be the #1 objective of the home health clinician.

High blood pressure - hypertension - is called the “silent killer" because it often has no warning signs or symptoms and...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Sep 29, 2020

Stasis Ulcers: Are You Recording OASIS M1330, 32 and 34 Correctly?

There are four (4) common types of skin ulcers: venous stasis ulcers, arterial ulcers, diabetic neuropathic ulcers and pressure ulcers.

Posted by Melissa Cott on Sep 24, 2020

Hip Replacement: Assessment, Patient Teaching & Recall Guide

A home health assessment of the post-operative status of a patient with hip replacement surgery focuses on the following five elements: 1. surgical wound healing, including assessing for signs of site infection2. pain control3. bed-chair transferring ability4. transferring ability...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Sep 22, 2020

Download the Nursing Quiz for Asthma/COPD

From Nurselabs: Any respiratory disease that persistently obstructs bronchial airflow fall under the broad classification of COPD, also known as chronic airflow limitations (CAL). Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a condition of chronic dyspnea with expiratory airflow...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Sep 17, 2020

OASIS M1830 - Best Practices for Assessing Bathing Ability

Medicare monitors seven (7) OASIS items for improvement between admission and discharge. M1830 Bathing is one of the 7 'process' outcomes tracked for improvement.

Posted by Melissa Cott on Sep 3, 2020

OASIS M1840 - Guidelines for Assessing Toilet Transferring

MyHomecareBiz recommends the following Medicare guidelines for completing OASIS M1840 Toilet Transferring:

Posted by Melissa Cott on Aug 25, 2020

3 Reasons Your Re-Admission Rates are Too High

As certified HHAs already know, Medicare is tracking your hospital admission rates. Hospital re-admission rates are tracked for all providers...hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation, dialysis facilities... because a hospital admission may suggest a breakdown in patient care....

Posted by Melissa Cott on Aug 12, 2020