Thanks, Julie good well rounded article with links to informative supporting data/articles. This author did their homework! Could have expanded on hospital/LTC nurses conditions more. Home care starting to feel the effect of BBA/ Hmo'S now...more paperwork ( Oasis admit form, possibly transfer form, 60 day reassessment form with only 5 day window to perform,: discharge form, insurance authorization form " typed or printed only please" )and coordination of care---multiple telephone calls telling everyone same info: Nsg CL MGR, Admitting Dr, Insurance case manager and Office of aging clinical manager..all for 1 patient admitted to a Medicare Certified homecare agency!!
I work now in Non -Profit Home Care Central Intake covering 3 agencies in two states...NJ Camden area homcare agencies severely hit by staff shortages and increased hospitalized patients past 3 months. Patients may have to wait 3-5 days after discharged from hospital till admitted to home care....7-10 days for PT/ST Therapy only cases at times.
Our Lady of Lourdes Home Care raising starting wage by $3.00 Hr for full-time staff..and heard they are offering $5,000 recruitment bonus (payable periodically) to OLOL staff members if they recruit someone and they work a year for the homecare agency!!!
Anyone interested in home care?? Contact NRSKarenRN@aol.com