Home Health & Hospice

Home Health & Hospice Articles by Topic: Education and training

How can we prevent readmissions related to pain?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 20, October 17, 2017

    Have clinicians follow up the next day when patients have a change in pain medications or...

What are some guidelines I can provide my staff for being HIPAA-compliant on social media?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 0, October 4, 2017

    Let them know that HIPAA can be violated through any social media app. It’s also important...

Is it OK to accept a physician order that is left on voice mail (if the required elements are present such as physician name, patient name/date of birth, etc)?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 19, October 3, 2017

    This is not specifically addressed in the CoPs. The closest thing that would apply would be the...

Staff trainer quiz

  • Homecare Direction, Issue 9, September 29, 2017

    1. Which of the following is not a main risk factor for developing kidney disease, as discussed in...

Staff trainer: Kidney disease

  • Homecare Direction, Issue 9, September 29, 2017

    The kidney is a bean-shaped organ that is about the size of a fist. Everyone has two kidneys...

Emergency prep tip: Pay attention to patients' DME needs

  • Homecare E-News, Issue 36, September 25, 2017

    In advance of a disaster such as a hurricane, also consider whether each patient has necessary...

Educate patients and staff on CABG care to improve rehospitalization rates, get referrals

  • Homecare Direction, Issue 9, September 25, 2017

    The rehospitalization rate for coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery patients receiving...

How do I teach my nurses to prioritize care tasks?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 18, September 19, 2017

    Nurses not only need to know what to do, but the importance and order in which things should be...

How do you overcome barriers of health literacy?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 17, August 31, 2017

    Health literacy is a set of skills needed to read, understand, and act on basic health...

Staff trainer quiz

  • Homecare Direction, Issue 8, August 25, 2017

    1. Why is it important to practice infection control?

Staff trainer: Stop the spread

  • Homecare Direction, Issue 8, August 25, 2017

    As an HHA staffer or nurse, you care for people in vital ways—bathing, grooming, feeding...

Coding corner: It takes two (codes) to get arterial ulcers right

  • Homecare Direction, Issue 8, August 21, 2017

    Coding an arterial ulcer requires a minimum of two codes: one for the specific condition that...

New HHGM for 2019 is major overhaul

  • Homecare E-News, Issue 29, July 31, 2017

    The introduction of the Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM) into the proposed rule means preparing...

New emergency preparedness guidelines provide clues for what surveyors will focus on

  • Homecare Direction, Issue 7, July 21, 2017

    Review emergency preparedness policies and procedures at least annually, and make sure they...

What does a psychosocial assessment need to include?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 14, July 17, 2017

     The CoPs make clear that the plan of care will continue to be based on the comprehensive...

Implement a strong performance improvement project as part of QAPI

  • Homecare Direction, Issue 7, July 10, 2017

    Your agency has gone through the quality assessment piece of QAPI and identified areas that need...

How can I teach my staff to avoid unprofessional behavior?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 15, August 3, 2016

     To start, define unprofessional behavior for them. Most employers consider some behaviors...

I want to make sure I am in compliance regarding teaching and training activities. How do you properly document teaching?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 14, July 17, 2016

    Teaching and training plays a significant role in homecare and is addressed in the Medicare Benefit...

Inside story | Coding diabetes and related conditions

  • Homecare E-News, Issue 26, July 11, 2016

     The American Hospital Association (AHA) Coding Clinic has clarified the proper way to code...

We've been trying to implement a better approach to clinical documentation, but it's our staff's least favorite topic--they feel they shouldn't be burdened and are resisting change. Any advice?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 13, July 3, 2016

    To motivate staff for any necessary change, start with orientation. All staff should know what the...

What experience and training do you need to require of an aide for hire?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 8, April 19, 2016

    As a Medicare-certified homecare agency, I historically hired aides that have completed the CNA/HHA...

Inside story | Know your protocols

  • Homecare E-News, Issue 12, March 21, 2016

    When nurse experts are asked to review a medical record in preparation for a legal case, they rely...

Weekly roundup

  • Homecare E-News, Issue 7, February 15, 2016

    CMS intends to start a Medicare Probable Fraud Measurement Pilot for home healthcare services...

Free! Hospice Orientation for the Interdisciplinary Team White Paper

  • Homecare E-News, Issue 2, January 11, 2016

    According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, hospice organizations should...

Inside Story | Cerebrovascular disease (stroke) care

  • Homecare E-News, Issue 2, January 11, 2016

    When working with stroke patients, you are responsible for several types of observations. First...

What should I have my home health aide on the lookout for regarding her patient with cancer who might be receiving ­chemotherapy?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 1, January 3, 2016

    There are a number of things an aide should be observing and reporting for a patient who has cancer

Do you have any advice on incorporating consistent communication with my staff?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 1, January 3, 2016

    To be an effective member of the home health team, a certain level of autonomy is necessary. The...

Are we responsible for caring for assistive devices?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 23, December 4, 2015

    Yes. Maintaining, cleaning, and caring for the assistive device can be done by the home health...

Weekly Roundup

  • Homecare E-News, Issue 47, November 30, 2015

    Assisted- and independent-living centers can be attractive places to do business for the home...

How can we prepare for staff interviews during a survey?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 22, November 17, 2015

    How can we prepare for staff interviews during a survey?

Inside Story | Fostering a culture of accountability

  • Homecare E-News, Issue 44, November 9, 2015

    Before you can work toward achieving accountability, you need to ensure that you understand what...

The Inside Story | Staff education on infection control

  • Homecare E-News, Issue 40, October 19, 2015

    Care delivered according to infection control guidelines is the most effective tool available for...

What are some approaches patients may try to implement themselves to overcome swallowing difficulties, and what are more effective alternatives?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 20, October 16, 2015

    What are some approaches patients may try to implement themselves to overcome swallowing...

Can you explain the IMPACT Act and what home health agencies need to do in regard to it?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 20, October 16, 2015

    Can you explain the IMPACT Act and what home health agencies need to do in regard to it?  

Can we provide two home health aides to provide care for a quadriplegic patient?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 19, October 2, 2015

    Can we provide two home health aides to provide care for a quadriplegic patient?

Can you please explain what specifically needs to be under the supervisions of licensed professionals?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 19, October 2, 2015

    Can you please explain what specifically needs to be under the supervisions of licensed...

We are having an issue with noncoverage for therapy. What are the rules for therapy services to be covered? Could you explain and expand, providing some examples?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 19, October 2, 2015

    We are having an issue with noncoverage for therapy. What are the rules for therapy services to be...

When do we ever admit patients and not teach them?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 15, August 3, 2015

    There are very few times that a clinician will admit a patient and not complete some teaching...

If the patient has an ostomy, cannot change it, and there are no caregivers to learn, does the agency stay in indefinitely?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 15, August 3, 2015

    Changing an ostomy bag, even if the patient can’t do it and there’s no caregiver...

When does Medicare consider a wound as chronic/nonhealing and no longer pays for services?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 15, August 3, 2015

    You won’t find any mention in the Medicare coverage criteria about chronic or nonhealing...

How are we supposed to use observation and assessment for patients on telemonitoring?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 15, August 3, 2015

    Telemonitoring or telehealth is one technology that can help a patient in the home. It cannot...

We are looking for a checklist for our case conferences within our agency. Any tips?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 14, July 16, 2015

    Because there is no requirement to conduct case conferences, agency policy should...

What content would be in a best practice statement for homecare providers?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 13, July 2, 2015

    AA best practice should identify clinical actions—assessment, teaching, procedures...

Homecare Q&A

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 13, July 2, 2015

    July 3, 2015

What about goals, rehabilitation potential, and discharge plans? What are some key points we need to keep in mind while entering those into the 485?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 12, June 15, 2015

    What about goals, rehabilitation potential, and discharge plans? What are some key points we need...

What is the proper way to enter in orders for disciplines and treatments on the 485?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 12, June 15, 2015

    What is the proper way to enter in orders for disciplines and treatments on the 485?

What does Patient Care 484.60: Care Planning, Coordination of Services and Quality of Care mean for agencies?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 8, June 9, 2015

     First, let’s review for everyone reading what the current CoP is and what is being...

Can we accept orders from a physician?s secretary or office nurse who is communicating with us instead of the physician?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 11, June 3, 2015

    Can we accept orders from a physician’s secretary or office nurse who is communicating with...

What are some tips when evaluating our documentation system?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 11, June 3, 2015

     What are some tips when evaluating our documentation system?

What should you do about a tardy recertification assessment?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 10, May 17, 2015

    What should you do about a tardy recertification assessment?

Any tips for preventing future legal fallout in such cases?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 7, April 3, 2015

    Unfortunately, when a fall occurs in the presence of agency staff, people assume that it...

How do I ensure each care team is led appropriately by the case manager?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 6, March 17, 2015

    Effective teams need leadership. By using the term “case manager,” the home health...

How do you encourage reporting and open communication?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 6, March 17, 2015

    What you are looking for is a nonpunitive, “just” culture for your agency, or a...

How can I ensure more effective meetings at our agency?

  • Homecare Q&A, Issue 5, March 3, 2015

    We spend a tremendous amount of time in meetings. Many of them are boring, nonproductive, and...

Will home health remain exempt from overtime compensation in most circumstances like it has for 40 years?

  • Homecare Insider, Issue 1, January 5, 2015

    Will home health remain exempt from overtime compensation in most circumstances like it has for 40...