For the 30th anniversary edition of one of home care's most widely used manuals, author Tina Marrelli held up publication long enough to include guidance on the latest OASIS iteration. With plain-language lessons from "What is OASIS?" to detailed rules for OASIS-C2 data collection, the 6th Edition of the Handbook of Home Health Standards is a comprehensive guide that should be in every clinician's home, car, or travel bag.
OASIS is only the beginning. Ms. Marrelli's 6th edition is a 700+ page resource for home health veterans and rookies alike. It boasts no fewer than 22 peer reviewers who helped perfect its five comprehensive chapters, plus an extensive glossary of key home health care definitions and the entire home health services section of the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual.
If you have new hires, they will understand their role after reading "Home Care: A Unique Specialty." Chapter One includes themes such as:
If those new hires are clinicians, point them toward Chapter Two: "Clinical Practice in Home Care." This chapter features the basics of home visits, an outline for home care onboarding and orientation, and a primer on OASIS. This chapter is underscored by the story of the care for a representative patient.
Marrelli demonstrates her expertise as a nurse in Chapter three, a comprehensive exploration of the principles of clinical care. Through all six editions, it is this chapter that has earned the Handbook its status as such a ubiquitous presence in home health agencies that it is known everywhere by its nickname, The Red Book.
Titled "Adult Clinical Care Guidelines: A Systems-Based Approach for Assessment, Care Planning, and Documentation," Chapter three's topics offer detail for both new and experience home health clinicians.
Chapter four brings in hospice and palliative care with "Care Guidelines for Assessment, Care Planning, and Documentation." And, in the final section before Marrelli's twenty pages of home health definitions and the entire home health section of the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual, chapter five offers guidance for "Maternal and Child Care: Clinical Care Guidelines for Assessment, Care Planning, and Documentation. These guidelines dig into Antepartal Care, Postpartum Care, Newborn Care, and Care of the Medically Complex and Fragile Child.
The 6th edition of The Red Book is certain to continue it's honored place in the center of home health clinical training programs. Perhaps no description tells the tale of Marrelli's Handbook better than an opening paragraph by Mary St. Pierre, RN, BSN, MGA, Former VP of Regulatory Affairs, National Association for Home Care & Hospice, now a home health and hospice consultant based in Huntingtown, Maryland.
"Being a clinician in home health carries unique responsibilities not experienced by other healthcare providers. Home health nurses are solo practitioners, delivering services independently in the community. Not only must they be clinically competent but as the only home health agency representative in direct contact with patients they must be fully versed in, and able to comply with, Medicare quality standards and coverage rules. The Handbook of Home Health Standards fully arms home health nurses with the information essential for the highest quality patient care as well as compliance with regulatory and policy requirements."
Tina Marrelli, RN, MSN, MA, FAAN, attended Duke University School of Nursing, where she received her undergraduate degree in nursing. She also earned master's degrees in health administration and in nursing. She has worked in hospitals, nursing homes, and public health and has practiced as a visiting nurse and as an agency administrator. Tina is the author of numerous books, including Home Care Nursing:Surviving in an Ever-Changing Care Environment and three editions of Hospice & Palliative Care Handbook: Quality, Compliance, and Reimbursement and a guide for family and other non-professional caregivers titled, A Guide for Caregiving: What's Next? Planning for Safety, Quality, and Compassionate Care for Your Love One and Yourself!.
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