Nursing: Home Health Care: An Overview for Nurses

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About the Course

This course is intended for both new and experienced home health nurses, as well as those nurses who may be interested in pursuing a career in home health or who may work closely with home health agencies. The home health nurse cannot simply provide exceptional clinical care in terms of assessment and treatments but must also provide this care in the context of the larger health care and home health system. The course reviews current trends driving and affecting home care, home care agency structure, and home health nurse attributes and skills. It also reviews the Medicare home health regulations and reimbursement system, home health nursing standards of practice, and home health quality and performance improvement initiatives.  

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Identify current trends and challenges affecting home health care nursing practice today.
  • Describe home health nurse characteristics.
  • Describe the structure and services provided by a Medicare-certified home health agency.
  • Explain the elements of the Medicare home health benefit and its implications for nurses. 
  • Describe the home health nurse’s responsibilities related to payment systems. 
  • Discuss the application of home health nursing standards of practice.
  • Describe ways in which home health nurses impact quality outcomes.

About the Author:
Lisa A. Gorski, MS, RN, HHCNS-BC, CRNI, FAAN

Lisa A. Gorski, MS, RN, HHCNS-BC, CRNI, FAAN, has worked for over 35 years as a clinical nurse specialist for Wheaton Franciscan Home Health & Hospice (now Ascension at Home). She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She serves on the editorial board of Home Healthcare Now and served on the 2014 task force for the American Nurses Association’s Home Health Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice. Since 2011, she has been the chairperson of the Infusion Nurses Society Standards of Practice Committee. She is the author of more than 50 journal articles addressing home care and home infusion therapy and the author/editor of several books addressing infusion therapy, including four books specific to home infusion. Ms. Gorski presents nationally and internationally on a wide variety of topics and was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in 2006.

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