I get at least town, age, main diagnosis, and major treatments/interventions (g tube, gj tube, critical respiratory, trach/vent, seizure precautions, etc.) depending on who is calling. If the basics are within my comfort & travel zone I will be sent the 485 before meeting with the family/patient (if a new case to agency, post RN SOC visit) or orienting with a nurse already on the case. (I do strictly pediatrics. Some of my coworkers only do older chidlren/teens/young adults, some are neonatal to age 2/3, some are more diverse depending on skill set, background, experience, and cases already oriented to with this agency)
We do not use electronic medical records for charting, so to see the 485 we need to accept email (not all the nurses will take emails from the office believe it or not) or go to the office to view the document before orienting on the case.
We are paid a "training" rate that is more than minimum wage but much less than our skilled working rate for orientaiton/meeting the family. The office will verify with the family that we were there and how long (apparently some staff decided to try and embellish hours) since no charting is done (charts serve as our time sheets).