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OT in Home Health: Part 1

presented by Krista Covell-Pierson

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Why is OT important in home health? According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, “Improving the quality and affordability of care received by Americans is…a core pillar of the Affordable Care Act. The Administration is working to ensure that Americans receive better care; that we spend our health care dollars more wisely; and that we have healthier communities, a healthier economy, and ultimately, a healthier country.” Occupational therapy facilitates these aims within home health teams and communities. This course will provide OT practitioners education to provide quality, ethical evaluations and treatments within a home health context.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Krista Covell-Pierson, OTR/L, BCB-PMD

    Krista Covell-Pierson, OTR/L, BCB-PMD, owns an innovative private practice, Covell Care and Rehabilitation, which aims to help adult and older-adult clients become safer, more independent and engaged in the home and community through a unique and one-of-a-kind model. Krista developed this model from the ground up, and it allows clients to access OT, PT, SLP, geriatric care management, senior fitness instructors and massage therapy in their home and community settings. Krista is an expert in issues related to aging adults and has extensive experience working in the home setting and helping clients reintegrate into the community. Having graduated from Colorado State University with degrees in Social Work and Occupational Therapy, she is also board certified in biofeedback for pelvic muscle dysfunction. She works with students around the nation and internationally and was honored by Colorado State University as the Fieldwork Educator of the Year in 2013. The Coloradoan newspaper named Krista as one of their SuperWomen of the Year in 2015 for her contributions to the communities of Northern Colorado. Krista serves as the Occupational Therapy Association of Colorado’s president and has been a speaker at the Colorado State Conference on Incontinence and Pelvic Health. She speaks regularly at community events, at local senior centers, at health fairs and for professional organizations. In addition to her deep passion of working with her clients, Krista finds equal satisfaction in helping therapists develop their own private practices, cultivate their passions and thrive in their careers.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Overview of Home Health

    1. Overview of Home Health

    This chapter provides a general understanding of home health, from the home health clientele to the services that home health agencies provide. Also covered is the role of each stakeholder in home health: client/caregiver, agency, the public and regulators, and payors.

  2. Evaluation in the Home

    2. Evaluation in the Home

    This chapter provides an understanding to how PTs or RNs open a case and how that affects an OT's ability to start a case. Therapists will learn how to perform a home safety assessment and how to use assessments in the home. Also included is a demonstration inside the home of a patient.

  3. Documentation of Evaluation Results

    3. Documentation of Evaluation Results

    This chapter covers the importance of timely documentation and provides a brief review of 30 day assessments, re-assessments, and daily notes. Therapists will understand the minimum requirements for documentation in home health and learn to appreciate the benefit of surpassing minimum requirements. The importance of communicating with the team, caregivers, and physicians is also covered.