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The One (1) Strategy Essential to Preventing ER Visits...

Home care providers can help hospitals reduce readmission rates during the critical 30 days following discharge from hospital. As a result, home care referrals are being given with positive patient outcomes in mind. Here are a few ideas for improving patient outcomes and reducing...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Jun 16, 2021

7 Teaching Tips for Patients with Diabetic Neuropathy

Adapted from Dr. Axe: Diabetes affects about one in every three adults in the U.S., and diabetic neuropathy is one of the most likely complications to develop as a side effect because high blood sugar levels affect nerve fibers throughout the body. Diabetic neuropathy (also...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Jun 2, 2021

Best Practices for Completing OASIS M1630 Ostomy

Include the following best practice (Medicare) guidelines for completing OASIS M1630:

Posted by Melissa Cott on May 25, 2021

Home Health Careplan for End Stage Renal Failure (ESRD)

For the patient with end stage renal failure (ESRD), in addition to assessing Urinary Incontinence M1610 and Shortness of breath on M1400, also include these MyHomecareBiz Best Practice assessment strategies and and our nursing care plan for ESRD.

Posted by Melissa Cott on May 11, 2021

Assessment & Careplan for PICC - Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter

A peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) is used for patients needing venous access for I.V. fluids, long-term antibiotics, chemotherapy, or total parental nutrition (TPN). A PICC is also used for drawing blood.

Posted by Melissa Cott on May 4, 2021

OASIS (M1033) Hospitalization Risks: Patient Teaching Plans

If your patient has rehospitalization risks - those that are documented on M1033 (listed below) - your careplans (i.e. the CMS485) should include goals and interventions for the identified risk.

The careplans for these risks may already be included on the CMS485 for the patient's...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Apr 27, 2021

Do Not Resuscitate - 4 Keys to Effective Patient Communication

The patient's physician writes a do-not-resuscitate (DNR) order when cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) should not be attempted. Because CPR will not be attempted, other resuscitative measures that follow it (tracheal intubation, cardiac monitoring, cardiac defibrillation etc) will...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Apr 22, 2021

Best Practices for Completing M1400 OASIS Dyspnea

Include the following best practice (Medicare) guidelines for completing OASIS M1400 Shortness of Breath:

(M1400) When is the patient dyspneic or noticeably Short of Breath?

Identifies the level of exertion/activity that results in a patient’s dyspnea or shortness of breath.

Posted by Melissa Cott on Apr 20, 2021