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OASIS M1910 - Medicare Guidelines for Assessing Fall Risk

Adapted from Medicare's OASIS Guidance Manual: Include the following home health care OASIS Best Practices for completing M1910 Falls Risk Assessment:(M1910) Has this patient had a multi-factor Falls Risk Assessment using a standardized, validated assessment tool?

Posted by Melissa Cott on Dec 2, 2020

Guidance for Completing M1610 Urinary Incontinence/Catheter Presence

Include the following policies and procedures for documenting OASIS M1610 Urinary Incontinence/Catheter Presence (adapted from OASIS/ICD10 Guidance Manual):

Posted by Melissa Cott on Dec 1, 2020

Infection Control Teaching for Home Health Patients

Given the current focus on COVID-19, other infectious processes commonly experienced by home health patients - pneumonia, UTI’s, hepatitis, and wound infections - still pose significant challenges to patients and home health clinicians.

Posted by Melissa Cott on Nov 17, 2020

Dysphagia Diets? Home Health Clinicians 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 Nov 16, 2020

Atrial Fibrillation: Teaching & Care Plan for Home Health

For the patient with Atrial Fibrillation, in addition to assessing Presence of Exhaustion M1033-8 and Shortness of breath M1400 on OASIS-D home health assessment, also include these MyHomecareBiz Best Practice assessment strategies:  

Best Practice Nursing Assessment Strategies for...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Nov 10, 2020

A Better Way to Assess OASIS M1242 Pain

Include the following evidence-based OASIS best clinical practices for assessing M1242 Pain Frequency:

(M1242) Frequency of Pain Interfering with patient's activity or movement

Identifies frequency with which pain interferes with patient’s activities, with treatments if prescribed.

Posted by Melissa Cott on Nov 9, 2020

2021 PDGM Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) Careplan

Thrombophlebitis, also known as Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) is the inflammation of veins resulting in the formation of blood clots (thrombosis) that interfere the normal blood flow in the extremities. Typically, PVD occurs in the legs and feet. PVD in deep veins can be...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Nov 3, 2020

OASIS E: New Rules for M2010 High-Risk Medications

Currently on OASIS D1 clinicians are required to teach patients on high risk medications at Start of care and Resumption of Care, per the OASIS question M2010 Patient/Caregiver High-Risk Drug Education. Medicare suggests referring to authoritative sources, such as the Institute for...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Oct 28, 2020