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by traylee traylee (New) New

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Hi all !! I work as a home health case manager. Usually i see 6 pts a day or 1 SOC and 2 regular visits. Doesnt sound too bad but it takes me forever to get all my charting done. I work longer than my 8 hours after making phone calls and scheduling issues, We are supposed to have 6 reg visits or 1 SOC plus 2 reg visits to justify an 8 hr day. However, I am sittin gup late at night finishing my work. Does any one else have this going on ? thanks in advance for responding !!

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Yes! I try to finish SNV charting in the home. I only take home OASIS visits. When my agency made the rule that snv needs to be completed in home it really helped me. :)

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Your documentation needs to be point of service...otherwise you are likely giving away your time.

What employers want and what is realistic are often two different things.

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I left visit work because of this and because I was not being compensated for mileage. With extended care, there is no reason why I can't complete my notes while on shift.

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I left visit work because of this and because I was not being compensated for mileage. With extended care, there is no reason why I can't complete my notes while on shift.

This is a favorite trick of for profit home health agencies. Require an impossible visit schedule so that all documentation time is unpaid. It is quite a bargain for them but takes a huge toll on the professional and contributes to the poor outcomes that Americans enjoy in our capitalist health system.

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SeaH20RN specializes in ER, Hem/Onc, Ortho and Wound Care.

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I love when they say, " take the day off and get your paperwork done." haha! some day off. I do love my job, so what is the answer to avoid staying up late doing paperwork.

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anh06005 has 6 years experience as a MSN, APRN, NP and specializes in Cardiac, Home Health, Primary Care.

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What all are you charting?? We have paper charting as follows: check boxes for assessment info by body system and common symptoms (like irregular heart rate, chest pain, dyspnea, cough, sputum, vertigo, constipation, diarrhea, etc.) and then about 1/4 of the page is an open box for our "note". Unless something big happens our notes are usually to the point. "Pt says he is feeling well today. Went to MD yesterday, reports increase in lisinopril to 20 mg daily. Instructed on keeping BP log to monitor effect, s/sx hypotension, low Na diet, per MAR, caremaps, to call H/H PRN. Verbalized understanding."

We have pre-made caremaps we pull on SOC visit and if needed throughout care so we just have to date and initial what we taught on that day.

Let me also throw in that sometimes you get faster as time goes on! I've gotten to where I can knock out a SOC (non-complicated) with an hour visit and maybe 30-45 minutes more of paperwork!

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I love when they say, " take the day off and get your paperwork done." haha! some day off. I do love my job, so what is the answer to avoid staying up late doing paperwork.

What portion of your routine visit documentation cannot be completed during the visit? Why can you not complete it during the visit?

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ratgirl63 has 3 years experience and specializes in Home Health.

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I am going with the see a patient, chart a patient way of case management. This includes OASIS documentation. My charting is done in a timely manner by doing it this way. I can’t see as many patients but “oh well”! I don’t want to take home work if I can avoid it and management keeps telling us to submit our documentation same day. So there you go, see a patient, chart a patient. Then move on to the next.

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I am going with the see a patient, chart a patient way of case management. This includes OASIS documentation. My charting is done in a timely manner by doing it this way. I can’t see as many patients but “oh well”! I don’t want to take home work if I can avoid it and management keeps telling us to submit our documentation same day. So there you go, see a patient, chart a patient. Then move on to the next.

This is a sensible approach.

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NurseCard has 13 years experience as a ADN and specializes in Med/Surge, Psych, LTC, Home Health.

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Wow my day generally consists of 7 to 8 visits, usually at least two of them are oasis visits, one of them may be a SOC. A SOC does not bring my visit number down. Whomever works for the company that gives them a SOC and two regular visits and that's it... I want to know what company you work for.

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What all are you charting?? We have paper charting as follows: check boxes for assessment info by body system and common symptoms (like irregular heart rate, chest pain, dyspnea, cough, sputum, vertigo, constipation, diarrhea, etc.) and then about 1/4 of the page is an open box for our "note". Unless something big happens our notes are usually to the point. "Pt says he is feeling well today. Went to MD yesterday, reports increase in lisinopril to 20 mg daily. Instructed on keeping BP log to monitor effect, s/sx hypotension, low Na diet, per MAR, caremaps, to call H/H PRN. Verbalized understanding."

We have pre-made caremaps we pull on SOC visit and if needed throughout care so we just have to date and initial what we taught on that day.

Let me also throw in that sometimes you get faster as time goes on! I've gotten to where I can knock out a SOC (non-complicated) with an hour visit and maybe 30-45 minutes more of paperwork!

now...that all does make sense, but in practice, many nurses, myself included go in with good intentions...meaning i'm gonna be fast and efficient, and before you know it, one hour and 45 minutes have gone... I want to find a way (or ways) to teach myself (and my staff) how to be efficient more times than not. I think it's both a mindset, and tools (like you say: care maps, etc.). But it's easier said than done...

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