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All too often, providers have that feeling of being “under intense pressure” when it comes to “survey readiness”. Just the thought of getting ready sometimes invokes a feeling of dread. What if there was a way to integrate basic best practices that will have your organization on its way to achieving a “constant survey ready” state? This session will describe practical methods that will enable your organization to integrate regulatory compliance into your daily operations. You will also learn steps to employ that will help to determine survey readiness and ways to educate your staff to effectively manage these processes.   Speaker/Course Author - Nancy Allen Read More

OASIS-E: Brief Interview for Mental Status(BIMS) & Signs and Symptoms of Delirium Training in the use of the new and changed items of the OASIS-E (Outcome and Assessment Information Set) is critical for home health clinicians. This course is designed to increase the clinician’s knowledge of accurate assessment, documentation, and administration of these new items by exploring the processes and official guidance on how to answer the new OASIS-E items with precision.  This is a 4-part series and includes an in-depth look at new items, along with use of scenarios to reinforce the learning concepts:  Part 1. Brief Interview for Mental Status (BIMS) & Signs and Symptoms of Delirium - These new items are designed to determine the patient’s cognitive ability and acute changes in mental status. This course explores the processes and OASIS-E guidance required to accurately conduct these tests. Part 2. Patient Mood Interview, High Risk Drug Classes & Special Treatments, Procedures and Programs – are new assessment items in OASIS-E. The patient mood interview expands the previously assessed PHQ-2 to PHQ-9 to identify the presence of signs and symptoms of mood distress. Additionally, CMS has formally defined medications falling within the high-risk drug classes for OASIS-E which requires the clinician to assess for identifying indications of drug use. Finally, the special treatments, procedures, and programs item will identify important medical treatments being utilized by the patient. Previously, these therapies have been inconsistently documented in various areas of the patient’s clinical record. An in-depth look at these new items, along with use of scenarios, is included.  Part 3. Pain Assessment, Nutritional Approaches & Transfer of Health Information – The new pain assessment items expand the previous OASIS pain items to focus on the effect pain has on sleep, therapy activities, and day-to-day activities. Nutritional Approaches explores various methods of nutrition used at certain OASIS timepoints. And finally, two new transfer of health measures assess the home health agency’s required delivery of information to other providers and patient to ensure care coordination at time of transfer and/or discharge.  Part 4. Social Determinates of Health (SDoH), Hearing and Vision - These new items are designed to assist in the identification of disparities in delivery of medical care. Hearing and vision are another component of the 27 new items for OASIS-E designed to assist the home health agency in establishment of an individualized plan of care.  Read More

Training in the use of the new and changed items of the OASIS-E (Outcome and Assessment Information Set) is critical for home health clinicians. This course is designed to increase the clinician’s knowledge of accurate assessment, documentation, and administration of these new items by exploring the processes and official guidance on how to answer the new OASIS-E items with precision.  This course is part 4 of a 4-part series and includes an in-depth look at new items, along with use of scenarios to reinforce the learning concepts:  Part 4. Social Determinates of Health (SDoH), Hearing and Vision - These new items are designed to assist in the identification of disparities in delivery of medical care. Hearing and vision are another component of the 27 new items for OASIS-E designed to assist the home health agency in establishment of an individualized plan of care. Speaker/Course Author - Lisa McClammy, BSN, RN, COS-C, HCS-D Read More

The Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) went into effect on January 1, 2020. This is the most significant change to the Medicare home health reimbursement structure since the introduction of the Prospective Payment System (PPS) in 2000. The new payment model has dramatically impacted agency operations, processes, and performance. January 2023 brings even more issues with rate changes for home health and the impending Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) nationwide expansion. This four-part webinar series will discuss key areas, strategies, and processes in assisting an agency in staying ahead of PDGM-related changes and reimbursement rates. This program will focus on best episode management and process improvement practices including the referral, intake, and scheduling processes, timely documentation, and physician and patient communication strategies — all of which are required to more tightly manage care within the 30-day payment period.   Speaker/Course Author - Melinda Gaboury, COS-C  Read More

Training in the use of the new and changed items of the OASIS-E (Outcome and Assessment Information Set) is critical for home health clinicians. This course is designed to increase the clinician’s knowledge of accurate assessment, documentation, and administration of these new items by exploring the processes and official guidance on how to answer the new OASIS-E items with precision. This course is part 3 of a 4-part series and includes an in-depth look at new items, along with use of scenarios to reinforce the learning concepts: Part 3. Pain Assessment, Nutritional Approaches & Transfer of Health Information – The new pain assessment items expand the previous OASIS pain items to focus on the effect pain has on sleep, therapy activities, and day-to-day activities. Nutritional Approaches explores various methods of nutrition used at certain OASIS timepoints. And finally, two new transfer of health measures assess the home health agency’s required delivery of information to other providers and patient to ensure care coordination at time of transfer and/or discharge.   Speaker/Course Author - Lisa McClammy, BSN, RN, COS-C, HCS-D Read More

Training in the use of the new and changed items of the OASIS-E (Outcome and Assessment Information Set) is critical for home health clinicians. This course is designed to increase the clinician’s knowledge of accurate assessment, documentation, and administration of these new items by exploring the processes and official guidance on how to answer the new OASIS-E items with precision. This course is part 2 of a 4-part series and includes an in-depth look at new items, along with use of scenarios to reinforce the learning concepts:                                                                                                                                                                                           Part 2. Patient Mood Interview, High Risk Drug Classes & Special Treatments, Procedures and Programs – are new assessment items in OASIS-E. The patient mood interview expands the previously assessed PHQ-2 to PHQ-9 to identify the presence of signs and symptoms of mood distress. Additionally, CMS has formally defined medications falling within the high-risk drug classes for OASIS-E which requires the clinician to assess for identifying indications of drug use. Finally, the special treatments, procedures, and programs item will identify important medical treatments being utilized by the patient. Previously, these therapies have been inconsistently documented in various areas of the patient’s clinical record. An in-depth look at these new items, along with use of scenarios, is included.    Speaker/Course Author - Lisa McClammy, BSN, RN, COS-C, HCS-D Read More

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