Published Dec 20, 2003
I am so glad I found this site and boy do I need some guidance. I have been a registered nurse for 15 years and I am comfortable with my clinical skills. I am now working at a home health agency as the director of nursing and we are currently seeking Medicare certification. Having submitted the application to the state and obtained the policy and procedure manual from our consultant, I am now in the process of organizing our patient charts. My first question is where do I obtain or order forms for such things as privacy statement, informed consent, emergency plan, ect..... up to now I have xeroxed forms from other home health companies and placed our logo on them. Once I have the source for ordering the forms required I will use them. please direct me to any resources you thing would help me.
renerian, BSN, RN
Copying other forms is not good. Try looking at Briggs for forms and health care concepts for med profiles. They are not cheap mind you.
Do you have a copy of your gtags?
I did a search for Briggs and didnt get the right site, if in fact they have a web site.
I dont have G tags (we are not medicare certified yet)
If your going for your medicare certification you really need those to know what to do and how to set things up as the basis for what you do.
Do you mostly do private duty?
could you direct me to where I would find out more about g-tags
thank you for the links briggs had just what I was looking ffor
we do in home care and have 2 assisted living facilities that we work with, we have not had any shift work yet.
NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN
Have you ever worked in home care before or in a Medicare certified home care agency? Do you know OASIS, DRG coding??
Depending on your answers, can offer you advice.
Applying for Medicare Certification is not an easy task for a novice. Expect health department at your door within 30-days of application receipt, so you need to be prepared TOMORROW.
As 18 year veteran just need to be able to point you in right direction....
The G-tags were developed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). They break the Conditions of Participation into separately surveyable points of compliance. One condition, for example, may have 25 G-tags, each representing some compliance issue for surveyor evaluation. During the survey, the G-tags serve the purpose of identifying specific citations.
You'll find G-tags listed with the Interpretive Guidelines in the State Operations Manual.
Medicare Home Health Interpretive Guidelines to Surveyors: G-Tags
MUST READ INFO for HHA:
HIM-11: Coverage Guidelines for Medicare Home Health Services
Medicare Home Health Conditions of Participation
Appendix Q: Immediate Jeopardy Medicare Guidelines (pdf file)
CMS: Home Health Information Resource for Medicare
You can join the home health listserve here:
yes I have worked in home care before but i was always out in the field I didn't know all that went on behind the scenes..
I am sure the agency I worked for was Medicare certified. I have gone through the online Oasis training program. DRG coding I am not familiar with doing. I know I need alot of help.
We got a call last Friday that UGS is done with the perliminary check of our application and it will be in the hands of CMS this Monday. In Michigan we hear that it takes about 2 months for the state inspection.
Home Health Chapter III.doc
Michigan Department of Community Health Distribution: Home Health Agencies 03-I 0 Issued: December I, 2003 Subject: Chapter III Revised Effective: January I, 2004 ...
So much you need to know:
Most "soft" supplies used in homecare are bundled under PPS: wound care, catheter care, trach and ostomy---seach website here for links info. You will need supplier contact for these items.
Disposable supplies included in cost of SN Visit: alcohol swabs, sterile tong blades, gloves, plastic aprons, routine tape, thermometer etc
Develop agency specific list for routine bag and soft supplies to keep your costs under control.
Check out: Handbook of Home Health Care Administration
Directory of Home Care Resources:
Pam Pohly's Net Guide:
Toolbox for Health Managers & Administrators
Previous HH coding thread:
Strongly suggest you join state/national homecare organization:
National Association for Home Care and Hospice
Michigan Home Health Association
Let us know what else we can help you with!
Wonderful supportive post. renerian:D
Hellllllo Nurse, BSN, RN
found this on the Briggs site:
Know Someone Starting a New Home Health Agency?
CMS currently projects hundreds of new home health agencies are in the process of, or will be, established and certified soon. Starting an agency is always a challenge with hundreds (if not thousands) of decisions required to gain certification.
To help the new agency owner/administrator simplify many of these difficult decisions, Briggs has assembled "Start-Up Kits" comprised of the essential tools needed to gain regulatory compliance and operational effectiveness, all from one trusted source. New agencies can save thousands of dollars and hundreds of man-hours because the Briggs Start-Up Kits include a clinical documentation system, clinical procedures, operational policies and procedures, OASIS tools, corporate compliance tools, even HIPAA compliance tools!
The solutions for Home Health Start-Up Agencies are a phone call away - 1-877-307-1744.
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Havin' A Party!, ASN, RN
Wow, Karen! You're a heck of a resource!
Very much impressed. Thanks!
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