In the Field: Turning In paperwork question

  1. For hospice nurses that are out in the field, how often do you bring paperwork to the office to be exited and

    place in charts? Corporate has requested nurses exit DAILY, but thank goodness our manager said that was

    unrealistic. We were coming in twice a week, now it's gone to three times a week. I live 30+ miles from home office

    and it's really a hassle to do this at my normal start time AND see all my patients... <<frankly, I would be willing to come

    in 1 hour early, while the on call nurse is still taking calls so I could actually get this done!>>

    Just wondering what is normal.

    Thank you!

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  3. by   caliotter3
    My agencies provided stamped self-addressed envelopes to mail in paperwork. If one wanted to, they could fax paperwork in and mail in the original. I just mail in my paperwork unless I have another reason to go to the office.
  4. by   andre
    Our agency is on an EMR so it's really only consents, port DNRs/copies of advance directives and pharmacy auths to turn in. The expectation is to turn everything in within 24 hours of the admit. Or 24 hours of the revocation/discharge. And ok to fax and then turn the originals in next time you're in the office.
  5. by   jeannepaul
    When I first started, we had to turn in our paperwork twice a week, then it went to 3x a week, now it is daily, before 8am. No fax, no email, no snail mail. it makes it very difficult to adhere to all of the corporate "rules" . They want a certain amount of visits a week, no overtime and to turn in paperwork every day, regardless of how many mile you have to drive. many of the case managers work out of town and all of their demands just cannot be met, not if you are to give quality care. It is one big reason case managers leave. the other reason they leave is On-Call.