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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

Does Your Infection Surveillance Include These 4 Criteria?

Home health care treatments frequently include invasive devices and procedures to treat patients. Infections can occur from the these procedures/devices, such as catheters, wound care and ventilators.

Posted by Melissa Cott on Jul 15, 2020

Telehealth for COVID and ALL Home Health Patients

The Medicare system is under an ‘Emergency Declaration’ due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. This means that certain home health regulations have been relaxed and some requirements have been changed to prevent the interruption in home health care. All temporary changes to home health...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Jun 30, 2020

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 May 19, 2020

COVID-19 Home Health Assessment & Careplan

If your Agency is visiting patients who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or suspected COVID-19, use the following guidelines for home health visits, including appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) use, physical assessment of the patient and patient/caregiver teaching.

Posted by Melissa Cott on Apr 23, 2020

COVID-19: Three (3) Requirements for (Early) Discharge Planning

Prepare Patients for Early Discharge

Preparing non-priority home health patients for early discharge should be the primary objective of home health agencies right now. Since accessibility to routine healthcare is currently suspended, home health agencies should prepare patients and...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Mar 25, 2020

COVID-19: Substitutions for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

It's no secret that healthcare providers - hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, doctor's offices - and home health agencies - have run out of - or are running out of - personal protective gear (PPE). Because of the shortage of PPE, the CDC has announced methods to optimize the supply...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Mar 20, 2020

COVID-19: Daily Management Plan for Home Health Agencies

1. Provide home health services to priority patients only.

Since the corona virus in the US is not contained, the presumption must be that anyone can have the COVID-19 virus. Under these circumstances your HHA must limit contact to patients that require critical care and have no one...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Mar 18, 2020