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Home Health Ethics: Explaining Patient Rights on Admission

In the healthcare setting, ethical behavior includes

      1. respecting patient choice,
      2. protecting patient confidentiality, privacy, and security, and
      3. administering health care services according to professionally-accepted standards of practice.

Posted by Melissa Cott on Jun 30, 2021

Home Health CoPs: Emergency Preparedness Checklist

In January 2018 Medicare made multiple changes to the language of the condition regarding Emergency Preparedness §484.102. Medicare also created an exception to emergency preparedness testing and drills: if the HHA experiences an emergency - that requires activation of the emergency...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Dec 16, 2020

Home Health EMR: Everyone Needs to Sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement

If you have nursing, therapy and administrative staff accessing an electronic EMR system you need have to make sure each employee signs an EMR Confidentiality Form - also known as a Non-Disclosure Form.  A confidentiality or non-disclosure agreement is absolutely necessary for an...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Dec 8, 2020

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 Nov 17, 2020

3 Reasons Your Re-Admission Rates are Too High

As certified HHAs already know, Medicare is tracking your hospital admission rates. Hospital re-admission rates are tracked for all providers...hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation, dialysis facilities... because a hospital admission may suggest a breakdown in patient care....

Posted by Melissa Cott on Aug 12, 2020

The 12 Best In-Services for Home Health Aides

As you know, Medicare's requirements for home health aide in-services are the following (Standard §484.80(d); Tag G774):"§484.80(d) Standard: In-service training. A home health aide must receive at least 12 hours of in-service training during each 12-month period. In-service...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Jul 28, 2020

Does Your Infection Surveillance Include These 4 Criteria?

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 Jul 15, 2020

Can Your Governing Body Answer These 10 Questions?

Medicare's Conditions of Participation (CoP) requires a Home Health Governing Body that must oversee hundreds of policies and procedures to monitor and regulate infection control, quality assurance, fiscal performance and accounting, emergency preparedness, employee credentials and...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Jul 7, 2020