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Joy Joan E. De Castro, RN, MSN

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7 Little Things That Make a Big Difference in Comprehensive Pain Management

Comprehensive pain management is a necessary clinical skill especially for the elderly population. As the body ages different types of diseases emerge with associated pain. Clinicians should understand that pain is not a sensation like touch or feeling.

Posted by Joy Joan E. De Castro, RN, MSN on Mar 13, 2018

Job Shadowing Is Important for New Employees

Job shadowing for the new home health employees is essential. By observing an employee who has already mastered the skills and tasks involved, as well as the agency's practices, policies and regulations, the home health agency can save valuable time on training a new employee. In...

Posted by Joy Joan E. De Castro, RN, MSN on Feb 28, 2018

Home Health - What Does a Blood Clot in the Leg Feel Like?

What does a blood clot in the leg feel like? Painful, hot, 'crampy' and swollen. Blood clots, no matter where they are located, always need close attention. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1 to 2 per 1,000 people in the United States is...

Posted by Joy Joan E. De Castro, RN, MSN on Feb 13, 2018

How do steroids help cancer patients?

Corticosteroids, or just steroids, can be prescribed for a wide-range of conditions. How do steroids help cancer patients? For those patients, steroids can be prescribed for the following reasons:

Posted by Joy Joan E. De Castro, RN, MSN on Feb 7, 2018

Home Health Care - M2250b: Essentials of Diabetic Foot Care

Foot ulceration is a common problem for people with diabetes, especially those with peripheral neuropathy and/or peripheral vascular disease.  One of the best approaches in diabetes management is making sure that both the patients and members of the health team are all educated...

Posted by Joy Joan E. De Castro, RN, MSN on Jan 17, 2018

Ace Your OASIS C2 Audit with Good Documentation

OASIS C2 - MyHomeCareBiz would like to take you back to the basics of home health documentation because the professional responsibility related to this is an essential component of home healthcare.

Posted by Joy Joan E. De Castro, RN, MSN on Jan 16, 2018

OASIS C2 - One Clinician Rule: What is this about?

Home Health Care - The updated OASIS C2 Guidance Manual took effect last January 1, 2018 and MyHomeCareBiz is fully prepared to provide you with guidance on the most recent updates. One significant matter to note is that the OASIS data sets remain the same and have not changed any...

Posted by Joy Joan E. De Castro, RN, MSN on Jan 9, 2018

Home Health 2018 CoPs: Updated Personnel Qualifications

Medicare's new home health Conditions of Participation go into effect in January 2018. There are multiple changes to the language of the condition regarding personnel qualifications §484.105. Changes to the language include the following:

Posted by Joy Joan E. De Castro, RN, MSN on Oct 24, 2017