What Characteristics and Qualities Can Predict a Successful Clinical Manager for Home Health Agencies?

The final rule for the Conditions of Participation (CoPs) requires home health agency (HHAs) to have a clinical manager to direct, coordinate, and communicate home health personnel and patient care services.  The clinical manager leadership role requires a health care professional who can coordinate services, collaborate with all disciplines, communicate effectively with residents and caregivers, … Continue reading What Characteristics and Qualities Can Predict a Successful Clinical Manager for Home Health Agencies?

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Infectious Disease Prevention and Home Health

Infectious disease prevention contributes significantly to keeping patients and health care providers safe.  The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that there are 1.4 million health associated infections (HAI) at any given time.  Homecare treatments that have high susceptibility to infection are infusion therapy, urinary tract care, enteral therapy, and wound treatments.  Health care providers are … Continue reading Infectious Disease Prevention and Home Health

Is It Appropriate for Occupational Therapists to Perform the Initial Start of Care for Home Health?

Occupational therapy services are an important component to the overall assessment and functional outcomes associated with home health.  Medicare restricts occupational therapists from performing the initial comprehensive assessment (start of care) for home health. In skilled nursing facilities, long term care, and outpatient therapy settings, occupational therapists are permitted to perform the initial evaluation and … Continue reading Is It Appropriate for Occupational Therapists to Perform the Initial Start of Care for Home Health?

How Accurate is Documentation When Not Performed at Point of Service?

On day one of physical therapy school, I heard the words “if it’s not documented, then it didn’t happen.” Throughout my career, I have heard this time and time again and used this when I was a Home Health Administrator, SNF Therapy Coordinator, and Outpatient Therapy Coordinator.  This quote is constant throughout the health care … Continue reading How Accurate is Documentation When Not Performed at Point of Service?