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Home Health Resources
Past issues of Stratis Health's newsletter for home health care professionals and others interested in quality improvement in home health care.
QualityNet This site is a national knowledge forum and searchable online resource center for health care and quality improvement professionals. Sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), QualityNet supports providers of health care services to Medicare beneficiaries in finding, using, and sharing quality improvement resources. QualityNet provides access to resources and to a community of professionals sharing knowledge and experiences to accelerate health care quality improvement across the nation. Health care providers can adapt and use the various tools, literature, and success stories provided at this site to study and implement their own quality improvement efforts.
STAR: Setting Targets to Achieve Results This site allows home health agencies to set targets for improving the following publicly reported quality measures: acute care hospitalization, emergent care, discharge to community, ambulation, bathing, dyspnea, management of oral medications, pain interfering with movement, status of surgical wounds, transferring, and urinary incontinence.
Polish Your Practice tools, webinars, and other resources on data analysis, health literacy, wound management, diabetes, and more.
Ready, Aim, Improve tools were developed to guide home care providers' quality improvement efforts.
Acute Care Hospitalization
Best Practice Intervention Packages (BPIP) were designed to support home health agencies in their efforts to reduce avoidable acute care hospitalizations in their agencies. BPIPs are a compilation of leadership guides and discipline-specific best practice information, tools, resources, and examples of excellence. Each package includes tracks specific to leaders, nurses, therapists, medical social workers, and home health aides, along with a condensed "Fast Track" to help agencies jump start their improvement efforts. The BPIPs cover the following topics:
Sample Plan of Action A worksheet that can be used to develop a quality improvement plan of action for acute care hospitalization. (4-page Word doc)
Immunization Toolkit 2007-2008 Sample policies, forms, educational materials, posters and references, as well as information on avian vaccine and pandemic influenza.
Immunization Assessment Form Sample form for recording immunization assessment data.(PDF)
Disease Management Tools Tools to improve the management of heart failure, COPD, cancer, and diabetes through telehealth technology. Each disease topic includes patient selection criteria, decision support and patient encounter documentation tools, a patient self-care workbook, and a staff education guide. These tools may be easily adapted for the non-telehealth patient as well.
Home Telehealth Reference 2006/2007 Educational resources on home telehealth planning, implementation, and utilization. Home Telehealth Reference 2006/2007 expands on the educational resources that were presented in Home Telehealth Reference 2005.
Home Telehealth Reference 2005 Educational resources on home telehealth planning, implementation, and utilization.
Depression Zone Tool Red, green, and yellow zones for designating appropriate agency interventions for clients with depression. (1-page Word doc)
Psychosis Zone Tool Red, green, and yellow zones for designating appropriate agency interventions for clients with psychosis. (1-page Word doc)
Oral Medication Management Sample Plan of Action A worksheet that can be used to develop a quality improvement plan of action for oral mediation management. (4-page Word doc)
Quick Guide for Oral Medications Tips for accurate MO780 assessment. (1-page PDF)
Staff Competency for Oral Medications Staff competency and answer key provided by OASIS Answers, Inc. in conjunction with a "Best Practices for Improvement in Management of Oral Medications" Web Ex presentation. (3-page PDF)
OASIS (Outcome and Assessment Information Set)
CMS OASIS Provides policy and technical information related to OASIS, OBQI (Outcome Based Quality Improvement), and OBQM (Outcome Based Quality Management) for use in home health agencies, including an overview, regulations, OASIS data sets, user manuals, Q&As, etc.
OASIS Answers Reference Book A CMS-based reference for data collectors, with cited documents, guidelines, and Q&As for OASIS and PPS 2008 changes. Information is organized by MO item.
CMS OASIS Users Manual, Chapter 8, Attachment B Guidance in answering OASIS questions. Clarifies OASIS coding by MO item. Includes Q&As and identifies the PPS, OBQI, and OBQM impact of each item.
OASIS Q&As from CMS Most recent CMS Q&As on OASIS, clarification of MOO numbers, 2005 ICD-9 codes, Tally Reports, implementaion manual revisions, PPS patients, etc.
OASIS training Provided by the Minnesota HomeCare Association and supported by the OASIS Certificate and Competency Board.
Accurately Responding to Process Items. These CMS OASIS training videos explain how home health agencies can accurately respond to process items in OASIS-C.
Policies on skilled services Policies on skilled services related to OASIS Definitions, principles, and a training module for skilled and maintenance nursing, created by the Minnesota HomeCare Association Clinical Quality Team. (PDF)
OASIS Assistance Minnesota Department of Health OASIS Clinical Help Line/OASIS Education Coordinator
OASIS Technical Help Minnesota Department of Health OASIS Technical Help Line/OASIS Automation Coordinator
Kelly O'Neill, program manager
Janelle Shearer, program manager
Betsy Jeppesen, vice president, Program Integrity
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