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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Regina King, BSN (Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center)
Description: Home care has entirely changed over the past decade, necessitating this update of a 2001 book on standards and quality.
Purpose: The purpose is to reiterate the importance of clinical documentation, quality of care, and appropriate reimbursement of services. In today's ever-changing healthcare environment, these objectives must be achieved in order to maintain accreditation.
Audience: The book is written for healthcare providers who specialize in home health, including nurses, social workers, therapists, providers, and administrators.
Features: Helpful guidelines for use describe the organization of the book in a very useful eight-page summary. This well-organized book is divided into 10 sections and five appendixes. The author focuses on quality, reimbursement, and documentation. Reimbursement documentation suggestions are numerous and helpful throughout the various sections.
Assessment: This handbook needed to be updated because of the numerous changes in the prospective payment system in homecare. While one section of the book is directly from the Medicare Benefit Manual, it is helpful to have it on hand for reference purposes.