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Defensible Documentation in Home Health: Care Planning & Goal Setting

presented by Diana (Dee) Kornetti, PT, MA, HCS-D, HCS-C and Cindy Krafft, PT, MS, HCS-O

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Financial: Dee Kornetti and Cindy Krafft are co-owners of the consulting business, Kornetti & Krafft Health Care Solutions. They receive compensation from MedBridge for this course.

Dee Kornetti is a chapter contributor to the  Handbook of Home Health Care Administration, 6th edition, and co-author of the book, The Post-Acute Care Guide to Maintenance Therapy, for which she receives compensation.

Cindy Krafft has written two books—The How-to Guide to Therapy Documentation and An Interdisciplinary Approach to Home Care and co-authored her third, The Post-Acute Care Guide to Maintenance Therapy, for which she receives compensation.

Nonfinancial: Dee Kornetti is the president of the Home Health Section of the APTA. Additionally, Dee Kornetti serves as the president of the Association of Homecare Coding and Compliance, and is a member of the Association of Home Care Coders Advisory Board and Panel of Experts.

Cindy Krafft has been involved at the senior leadership level of the Home Health Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. She has worked with CMS to clarify regulatory expectations and address proposed payment methodologies.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 47 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 19 Minutes

The "P" portion of the SOAP note ("plan") is not a new concept when it comes to clinical documentation. Care planning is not just a task at a single point in time, but an evolving process over the course of care. Goal setting requires the balance between being measurable (quantifiable) and meaningful (patient focused). This course will examine strategies for creating individualized care plans with an interdisciplinary focus.

Meet Your Instructors

Diana (Dee) Kornetti, PT, MA, HCS-D, HCS-C

Diana (Dee) Kornetti, a physical therapist for 30 years, is a past administrator and co-owner of a Medicare-certified home health agency. Dee now provides training and education to home health industry providers through a consulting business, Kornetti & Krafft Health Care Solutions. She serves as chief operations officer with her business partners Cindy Krafft and…

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Cindy Krafft, PT, MS, HCS-O

Cindy Krafft brings more than 25 years of home health expertise that started with direct patient care and evolved to operational and management issues. Cindy recognizes that providing care in the home environment is different from providing care in any other setting, which is evident in both her training and consultation activities. For the past…

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1. Individualized Care Planning

Electronic documentation tools have positive impacts on home health documentation, but the convenience of choosing from standardized lists has led to care plans that lack patient specifics. Surveyors have been citing agencies for this issue, as well as the lack of documentation that the care plan is being completed as written. This chapter will reframe the concepts of care planning by going back to fundamental requirements.

2. Measurable and Meaningful Goals

Creating goals is a golden opportunity to highlight the individualized focus of the plan of care. Selecting goals from standardized lists or choosing goals because they are "supposed to" be on the plan has negatively impacted the ability of goal statements to meet true compliance expectations. This chapter will examine a template that clinicians can use to evaluate how goals are being written and provide examples that reflect the concepts of measurable and meaningful.

3. Interdisciplinary Care Examples

Interdisciplinary care planning is more than sitting in a meeting and having clinicians report the focus of each individual service. Creating a common focus can make the documentation of care planning and, ultimately, care delivery better align with efforts to reduce rehospitalizations. This chapter will provide examples of interdisciplinary care for diagnoses commonly seen in home health.

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