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2022 PDGM Utilization for Congestive Heart Failure

There are thirty-six (36) different casemix scenarios for cardiac patients under Medicare's Patient-Driven-Groupings- Model (PDGM) payment system (new rates effective January 1, 2022). The casemix is contingent on from where the patient was discharged, her/his functional abilities,...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Jan 24, 2022

34 Work Simplification Strategies for Grooming, Dressing & Bathing

Stroke rehabilitation includes simplification techniques of work and work tasks, ergonomics and other rehabilitation strategies.


  • Sit whenever possible to perform grooming, and sit correctly by using good posture.  
  • Use surfaces that are at a level to perform grooming...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Jan 21, 2022

Pain Management: Think Outside the Box

Pain management is a routine intervention provided by clinicians.

Comprehensive pain management is a particularly necessary skill for home health clinicians.

As the body ages pain emerges with different disease-types. Unlike other sensory experiences, pain is influenced by ways in...

Posted by Joy Joan E. De Castro, RN, MSN on Jan 19, 2022

12 New Mental Status Questions on OASIS-E

Medicare's draft OASIS-E assessment, effective January 2023, expands its data collection on the patient's cognition to include 12 more questions. Medicare has incorporated the Brief Interview for Mental Status (BIMS) for the home health clinician to evaluate cognitive impairment and...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Jan 18, 2022

Can Your Governing Body Answer These 10 Questions?

Medicare's Conditions of Participation (CoP) requires a Home Health Governing Body that must oversee hundreds of policies and procedures to monitor and regulate infection control, quality assurance, fiscal performance and accounting, emergency preparedness, employee credentials and...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Jan 17, 2022

Does Your Home Health Orientation Include These 11 Policies?

Home Health orientation basics include showing new workers how to perform their jobs safely and efficiently. But thriving home health agencies know that it is important to go much further than that. Orientation is the perfect time to begin soft skills training, and to introduce...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Jan 12, 2022

OASIS E & PHQ2-9: Identifying a Depressive Disorder

The draft version of the new OASIS-E Start of Care OASIS assessment has fifteen (15) sections, A - O. 

Section D, or section 4 of 15, addresses the patient's mood and presence of depression.Download OASIS Outcome Measures Guidance Manual

Depression and anxiety are...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Jan 11, 2022

OASIS E - M1610 Urinary Incontinence/Catheter Presence

The draft version of the new OASIS-E Start of Care OASIS assessment has fifteen (15) sections. Many of the 'old' questions remain - like M1610 Urinary Incontinence/Catheter Presence. This question is now located under Section H 'Bladder & Bowel'.

  • A - Administrative Information
  • B -...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Jan 5, 2022