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Melissa Cott

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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

Prevent Malnutrition in Home Health Patients

From the Mayo Clinic: Older adults are at risk of inadequate nutrition - malnutrition - as a result of inappropriate dietary choices, low income, difficulty obtaining food, and various physical and mental health conditions. Additional causes of inadequate nutrition:

Posted by Melissa Cott on Apr 13, 2021

OASIS M2020 Oral Medications: Medicare Guidance

In-home medication management includes assessing the patient's ability to self-manage oral medications. Use Medicare's own guidance & strategies for completing OASIS (M2020) Management of Oral Medications: the patient's current ability to prepare and take all oral medications...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Apr 6, 2021

Home Health Careplan for Cardiac Bypass Surgery (CABG)

From Up To Date... The home health care plan for the patient recovering from bypass surgery focuses on

Posted by Melissa Cott on Mar 30, 2021

Short-Term Home Health Marketing Basics...

Your Business Development Plan should have short-term home health marketing and long term business growth goals. For the long term you want to make sure your Agency is working toward achieving top OASIS outcomes.  

Posted by Melissa Cott on Mar 25, 2021