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Home Health Best Practices for Reducing Hospitalizations

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.Around...

Posted by Melissa Cott on May 23, 2022

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

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

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

Are You Using Telehealth? There's No Scheduled End Date...

The Medicare system is under an ‘Emergency Declaration’ due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. This means that certain home health regulations have been relaxed and some requirements have been changed to prevent the interruption in home health care. All temporary changes to home health...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Mar 3, 2022

3 Personal Safety Policies You Need for Clinicians Making Home Visits

Under any circumstance home care workers are at high risk for workplace violence for the following reasons:

Posted by Melissa Cott on Feb 22, 2022

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 Feb 14, 2022

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 training...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Feb 11, 2022