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Melissa Cott

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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

OASIS-D: Best Practices for Completing M1850 Transferring

Include the following evidence-based OASIS-D best clinical practices for M1850 Transferring:

(M1850) Transferring: Current ability to move safely from bed to chair, or ability to turn and

Posted by Melissa Cott on Dec 21, 2018

OASIS-D GG0100B - Prior Mobility Functioning and Physical Therapy

Contrary to popular belief you will NOT NEED multiple clinicians (nurses and therapists) completing the new OASIS-D, OASIS Home Health assessment. Only one nurse OR one therapist can complete the new OASIS-D GG0130 and GG0170 questions perfectly well. If the admitting clinician is...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Dec 13, 2018

Teach Home Health Patients to Simply ADLs, Conserve Energy

Home Health Teaching - If you are a MyHomecareBiz subscriber, you know that after entering the OASIS assessment, MyHomecareBiz automatically generates an assessment and intervention plan for each indicated skill including nursing teaching.  PowerPath recommends cognition therapy by...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Jun 13, 2018