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OASIS M1860 Ambulation/Locomotion - Answer Indicated GG0170 Only

Just because the patient has a mobility deficit doesn’t mean s/he is a candidate for physical therapy. The patient’s status prior to this current episode is the primary driver that determines if physical therapy is needed or not. If the patient is not a candidate for therapy and will...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Apr 28, 2022

Diabetes & Foot Care: Do's & Don'ts

As part of your teaching plan for patients with diabetes, include the following points regarding foot care. As clinicians know, foot problems are common in people with diabetes. Teaching patients to manage serum glucose levels helps keep feet healthy and avoid diabetic neuropathy.

Posted by Melissa Cott on Apr 25, 2022

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 Apr 19, 2022

Consent for Application of Restraints in the Home Health Setting

Your Agency should have home health forms, policies and procedures regarding the consent and application of restraints.

Posted by Trevor Harris on Apr 18, 2022

Pressure Ulcer Prevention: Home Health Careplan & Teaching

Any person who is in a bed or chair for 8 hours or longer is at risk for pressure ulcers. Pressure ulcers - also known as bed sores, decubitus ulcers, pressure sores and skin ulcers - often develop in patients with the following conditions: diabetes mellitus, deep venous thrombosis,...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Apr 14, 2022

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 Apr 11, 2022

PDGM Home Health Billing: Significant Change in Condition (SCIC)

The home health conditions of participation (CoPs) require that agencies update and revise the current OASIS assessment under the following conditions:

(1) The last 5 days of every 60 days if the patient is to be 're-certified', unless there is a beneficiary-elected transfer,

(2) a...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Apr 7, 2022

Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD): How to Answer OASIS M1028

Here are a few key points to remember when answering the home health care form OASIS 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 care.

Posted by Melissa Cott on Mar 31, 2022