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Release Date: November 17, 2016
Expiration Date: November 30, 2019
Home health care is the fastest growing industry in the United States based on the projection period of 2014-2024. The anticipated employment growth for the period is more than 760,000 jobs, reaching a total of over 2 million. While some of these jobs are for home health aides and personal care aides, a wide variety of healthcare professionals will be needed, particularly registered nurses.
Home health services will only continue to grow in an aging society and with the increased prevalence of chronic illnesses. The pressure on home care agencies to provide sound, evidence-based care is great. With publicly reported outcomes and agency ratings that will affect payment for care, it is critical for the home care nurse to provide the best care and to optimize patient outcomes. With the continued growth of the home care industry coupled with an expectation of excellence in clinical outcomes, there is clearly a need for highly educated home care nurses.
This course provides the nurse with an understanding of the structure of home health agencies, the federal regulations and reimbursement system, and standards of care and professional practice. The home care nurse cannot “just” provide exceptional clinical care in terms of assessment and treatments but must also provide this care in the context of the larger healthcare and home care system. The course is designed for both new and experienced home health nurses as well as those nurses who may be interested in pursuing a career in home health or who may work closely with home health agencies.
- Discuss the major events that have shaped home health care today.
- Describe how home agencies are organized to meet patient needs.
- Discuss regulations that govern the provision of Medicare home health services and voluntary accreditation.
- Apply the American Nurses Association’s Code of Ethics for Nurses to home health nursing practice.
- Utilize their knowledge about home health nursing attitudes, roles, and skills in the visits they make to home health patients.
- Apply the six standards of practice to home health nursing.
- Apply the 10 standards of professional performance to home health nursing.
- Apply knowledge about the Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) instrument when documenting home health patient assessments.
- Discuss payment mechanisms for home healthcare reimbursement.
- Identify the role of home health nurses in ensuring that their agencies provide quality care.
Lisa Gorski, MS, HHCNS-BC, CRNI®, FAAN, worked for over 30 years as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) for Wheaton Franciscan Home Health & Hospice in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing. Lisa serves on the Editorial Board of Home Healthcare Now. She served on the American Nurses Association 2014 Task force for Home Health Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice. She is the author of over 50 journal articles addressing home care and home infusion therapy and is the author/editor of several books addressing infusion therapy, including 3 books specific to home infusion care. Lisa was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in 2006, was the 2003 CRNI of the Year by INS, and the 2011 CNS of the Year by the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists.
Mary Curry Narayan, MSN, RN, HHCNS-BC, COS-C, CTN-A, is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in home health nursing and is certified as a specialist in the Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) and in transcultural nursing. Mary currently provides consultation education and quality services to home health agencies. She serves on the Editorial Board of Home Healthcare Now and has published multiple articles and book chapters on enhancing home health nursing practice. She served on the American Nurse Association’s 2014 Task Force for Home Health Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice and as the Clinical Editor of the Visiting Nurse Associations of America’s Clinical Procedure Manual.
- Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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