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OASIS E: New Rules for M2010 High-Risk Medications

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. Prior to OASIS-E, Medicare suggested referring to authoritative sources, such as the Institute for Safe...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Jun 5, 2023

How to Perform Home Health Employee Evaluations

Your home health policies and procedures need to address how to perform employee evaluations, reports MyHomecareBiz.  Employee evaluations shouldn't be intimidating for you or your employee. Preventing a negative experience can depend on how you - or another reviewer - handles the...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Jun 1, 2023

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 May 19, 2023

Hip Replacement: 2023 PDGM Utilization Guidelines

Hip replacement recovery for many patients will take place in the home. Hip replacement patients will likely receive formal physical therapy from home health and/or outpatient physical therapy.

Posted by Melissa Cott on May 15, 2023

Pain Management: 2023 PDGM Utilization Recommendations

A home health pain management program can be executed by either nursing or therapy. Patients requiring pain management should use a combination of medical (chronic pain medications) and non-medical intervention such as guided imagery, distraction, relaxation - among others. ...

Posted by Melissa Cott on May 9, 2023

Patient Teaching Guides for Foley Catheter Care

Client Teaching Guides for Home Health Care: Patient Teaching Guidelines for Foley Catheter Care. Sometimes injuries and illnesses make it hard, or impossible, for you to urinate on your own. For this reason, you need an indwelling catheter, also called an indwelling foley catheter....

Posted by Melissa Cott on May 3, 2023

Three (3) Steps to Effective Medication Teaching

Is there anything more challenging than teaching a patient about their medications?

Posted by Melissa Cott on Apr 26, 2023

To Be a 5-Star Agency, Pay Close Attention to Rehabilitation Potential

Value-based Purchasing (VBP) & Medicare Reimbursement

Medicare's Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) became effective for all certified home health agencies on 1/1/2023. Under VBP your Agency's Medicare payments are determined by three conditions: (1) CAHPS - patient satisfaction scores, (2)...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Apr 17, 2023