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4 Exercises for the Chairbound to Improve Upper Body Strength

As part of your rehabilitation plan for patients with deficits in M1850 Transferring and M1840 Toilet Transferring, M1830 Bathing and other activities of daily living (ADLs) that require upper body strength, the following four (4) exercises are recommended for patients who are...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Mar 24, 2022

Are You Tracking These Four (4) Items For Infection Surveillance?

Home health care treatments frequently include invasive devices and procedures to treat patients. Infections can occur from the these procedures/devices, such as catheters, wound care and ventilators.

Posted by Melissa Cott on Mar 22, 2022

COVID-19 Home Health Assessment & Careplan

If your Agency is visiting patients who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or suspected COVID-19, use the following guidelines for home health visits, including appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) use, physical assessment of the patient and patient/caregiver teaching.

Posted by Melissa Cott on Mar 21, 2022

6 Ways to Improve Home Health Face to Face

MISSING FACE-TO-FACE FROM PHYSICIAN CERTIFICATION

In its newsletter CGS Medicare reports that many physician certifications do not contain a statement documenting the date of the home health face-to-face encounter.

Posted by Melissa Cott on Mar 18, 2022

Hip Replacement: 2022 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 Mar 17, 2022

OASIS E: New Rules for M2010 High-Risk Medications

Currently on OASIS D1 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. Medicare suggests referring to authoritative sources, such as the Institute for...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Mar 15, 2022

7 Keys to Home Health Employee Retention

The quality of home health employees management that a nurse, therapist or aide receives is critical to employee retention. The reasons home health workers leave their jobs has more to do with management and supervision not the job itself.

Posted by Melissa Cott on Mar 14, 2022

COPD: Do Field Staff Know The Fundamentals?

From Nurselabs: Any respiratory disease that persistently obstructs bronchial airflow fall under the broad classification of COPD, also known as chronic airflow limitations (CAL). Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a condition of chronic dyspnea with expiratory airflow...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Mar 11, 2022