Clinical Issues

One of NAHC’s primary goals is the promotion of the highest quality care to individuals in need of home care and hospice services through the enrichment of home care clinician’s. The Clinician’s Corner offers nurses and therapists valuable links to best practices and professional resources.

Clinical Tools and Training
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is a member of the National Advisory Panel for the CHAMP program.

CHAMP Program
CHAMP (Collaboration for Homecare Advances in Management and Practice) is an evidenced-based best practices program specifically designed to help home care clinicians provide effective care to older home care patients – from the convenience of any computer. Visit the CHAMP web site at www.champ-program.org to learn about CHAMP’s many resources, including:

  • Affordable, self-paced e-learning courses developed by leading experts in the field (all courses confer Continuing Education hours)
  • Tools page, with free downloadable tools in 24 topics that home health managers and practitioners can use right away
Clinical and Regulatory Publications by NAHC
Publications cover important information on OASIS, Medicare coverage, payment, nursing practice, home care administration as well as handbooks and sample tests to provide additional training for home care agency clinical staff (Coming Soon)
NAHC Career Center
NAHC’s Home Care Career Center offers a listing of a variety of clinical job opportunities by geographic region webthumb
Nursing Resources

Associations

Journals

Therapy Resources

Associations

  • American Occupational Therapy Association, (AOTA)
    www.aota.org
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
    www.asha.org
  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
    www.apta.org

Speech Language Pathologist Resources

State-by-State listing of Speech-Language-Hearing Associations webthumb
SLP Home care recruitment and retention considerations webthumb
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Policy documents webthumb
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Clinical Information and Best Practice Resources
Medline Plus, which is a service of the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, offers links to answers about health questions, including extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and the latest health news. www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/

Medicare Quality Improvement Community: Home Health (MedQIC) Web site is a free on-line resource for quality improvement interventions and associated tools, toolkits, presentations, and links to other resources www.qualitynet.org

Food and Drug Administration: Home Health and Consumer Devices: The FDA regulates medical devices that consumers use themselves without professional medical assistance in the same way as other medical devices.  In addition to work done throughout the medical device approval process, the Home Health Care Committee reviews what has been done to address problems when devices are used in the home and recommends further actions to ensure consumers can use the devices safely and effectively.

FDA Home Health and Consumer Devices webthumb
FDA Booklet: Home Use Devices: How to Prepare for Handle Power Outages for Medical Devices that Require Electricity
This booklet serves as a tool for use by patients using devices that require electricity in  the development of a plan to ensure that they know what to do during a power outage.
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Medicare Learning Network: The Medicare Learning Network (MLN) provides free resources that Medicare fee for service health care providers need to understand topics such as the ins and outs of billing rules. webthumb
Dramatically Reducing Hospitalization Rates: “What Works, What Doesn’t”
The power point presentation and patient guides offered here were created by Middlesex-East VNA. During a NAHC sponsored webinar, the VNA shared details of how they reduced their re-hospitalization rate to 16% through “Management of Successful Patient Outcomes.” A CD of this 90 minute 4/8/2010 NAHC webinar can be purchased by calling KRM at: (800) 775-7654.
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Evidence-based Health Coaching for Healthcare Providers, 3rd Ed.
A convenient, guided self-study program (with online simulated video skills competency) of health coaching skills and strategies to actively engage patients and improve compliance by tapping into their own motivation to change unhealthy behaviors. Also appropriate for marketing new agency health coaching services.
Website: www.nshcoa.com
Email: info@nshcoa.com
Phone Toll Free: (866)-916-NSHC (6742)
Program content: (Web Link)
How to order: (Web Link)
Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing
www.hartfordign.org
Influenza Information for Healthcare Personnel webthumb
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  • Hospice and Palliative Care Handbook: Quality, Compliance, and Reimbursement
    Second Edition. The handbook provides concise information about hospice and palliative care conditions for care planning and reimbursement. (528 pages).
  • The Handbook of Home Health Orientation
    This handbook was written to serve as an adjunct to home health agency-specific orientation. (435 pages).
  • Nursing Documentation Handbook
    Third Edition. This book presents examples and guidelines of nursing documentation easily referenced by a patient’s clinical problems. (472 pages).
  • The Nurse Manager’s Survival Guide: Practical Answers to Everyday Problems
    Third Edition. The Nurse Manager’s Survival Guide discusses major areas of successful management, including recruitment and retention, communication, time management, day-to-day operations, and resource management. (395 pages).
  • Home Health Aide: Guidelines for Care: A Handbook for Caregiving at Home (Aide Handbook)
    Second Edition. This easy-to-use handbook for home health and hospice aides offers information about the role and qualities of a successful aide, the home health care team, documentation requirements, safety and infection control in home care, and more. (234 pages).
  • Home Health Aide: Guidelines for Care: Instructor Manual
    Second Edition. A comprehensive guide to teach home health and hospice aides, this resource is the companion text to accompany Home Health Aide: Guidelines for Care (the handbook for aides). (312 pages).
  • The Handbook of Home Health Standards & Documentation Guidelines for Reimbursement
    This handbook is a complete guide to providing quality care and effective documentation through detailed documentation guidelines, including ICD-9-CM, service skills, factors supporting homebound status, discharge plans, and specific tips for reimbursement. (680 pages).