Well, where do I start??? lol
I have done home health for almost 11 yrs....... I have seen a world of changes with the Medicare guidelines and cutbacks........ I have also worked in hospitals......... but my heart always comes back to home health.
To help you out in your new position.......... you need to know a few basics.......
ORGANIZED.................lol and keep your car in great shape and have a cell phone
Seriously, there is so much to learn in Home Health with the paperwork, what Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial insurance will or will not pay for.......... that all comes with time, a good preceptor and research
You have to be detail oriented, and very organized. You have to keep up with POC, when to do "recerts", track lab results, and if you case manage, you need to keep up with therapies that may be in a patients home, MSWs, aides etc.
Home Health has wonderful benefits of actually feeling like you are helping the patient. Sometimes you are the only person that see these patients and you are the doctors eyes and ears. You get attached to these patients and become part of their family. Most agencies dont allow you to take gifts from patients, so watch out when you have your back turned, the patients have a tendency to slip things in your bag ranging from fresh tomatoes from their garden, to knitted things they have made, and at christmas little christmas gifts. The smile on their faces when you do nothing more than bring them a little cupcake on their birthday, to a little pin with a hummingbird on it cuz they collect them is what makes home health all worth the long days of driving and piles of paperwork.
I wish you the best of luck with your Home Health career and I hope that you come to love it as I have over the years. feel free to email me with any questions you may have......... I have tons of links!!