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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 Apr 19, 2022

Consent for Application of Restraints in the Home Health Setting

Your Agency should have home health forms, policies and procedures regarding the consent and application of restraints.

Posted by Trevor Harris on Apr 18, 2022

Pressure Ulcer Prevention: Home Health Careplan & Teaching

Any person who is in a bed or chair for 8 hours or longer is at risk for pressure ulcers. Pressure ulcers - also known as bed sores, decubitus ulcers, pressure sores and skin ulcers - often develop in patients with the following conditions: diabetes mellitus, deep venous thrombosis,...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Apr 14, 2022

CDC Coding Guidelines for COVID-19

Use the following CDC Guidelines for assigning ICD-10 to patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19:

Posted by Melissa Cott on Apr 11, 2022

PDGM Home Health Billing: Significant Change in Condition (SCIC)

The home health conditions of participation (CoPs) require that agencies update and revise the current OASIS assessment under the following conditions:

(1) The last 5 days of every 60 days if the patient is to be 're-certified', unless there is a beneficiary-elected transfer,

(2) a...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Apr 7, 2022

Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD): How to Answer OASIS M1028

Here are a few key points to remember when answering the home health care form OASIS M1028 for Peripheral Vascular Disease for MyHomecareBiz:

  • The physician or physician designee must confirm that these diagnoses are active and associated with the patient’s home health episode of care.

Posted by Melissa Cott on Mar 31, 2022

Atrial Fibrillation: Home Health Assessment & Patient Teaching

For the patient with Atrial Fibrillation, in addition to assessing Presence of Exhaustion M1033-8 and Shortness of breath M1400 on OASIS-D1 home health assessment, also include these MyHomecareBiz Best Practice assessment strategies:  

Best Practice Nursing Assessment Strategies for...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Mar 29, 2022

OASIS M1720: Help Patients Manage Anxiety

If the patient reports anxiety and its noted on the OASIS assessment, make sure you include anxiety management in your careplan.

Your patient may be anxious and/or depressed because illness prevents participation in activities. While anxiety or depression is an understandable response...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Mar 28, 2022