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OUR TAKE: Operation Warp Speed is Underway


By Joe Russell, Ececutive Director, OCHCH Everyone knows by now that vaccine distributions are well underway in Ohio. But as Karen Carpenter once said “we’ve only just begun”. The state is doing an incredible job, but lots of work is left before we can call this a success.On Monday, Governor DeWine reviewed Phases 1A and […]

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HOME HEALTH: Aide Competency Evaluation Testing


HOME HEALTH:  Aide Competency Evaluation Testing Question:  Can Home Health agencies use a pseudo patient to do Aide competency evaluation testing? Answer: Home Health Agencies can use pseudo patients for Aide competency evaluation testing.  The following is from the Home Health State Operations Manual Appendix B G768 (Rev. 200, Issued: 02-21-20; Effective: 02-21-20, Implementation: 02-21-20) 484.80(c)(1) […]

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OUR TAKE: Health Equity


By Kathy Royer RN, BA, MBA, DMin, CHPN, CHPCA, CEHCH, OCHCH Hospice Regulatory Director During the COVID-19 Pandemic, our world has changed in ways we would never have imagined, some change for the good and some change not for the good.  For Home Health, Palliative Care and Hospice providers one change that has presented one […]

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HOME HEALTH and HOSPICE: PPE


Question: I am seeking guidance on the recommendation for face shields in addition to masks for patient care of a NON-Covid positive or suspected positive patient.  I have heard that the new recommendation is to add a face shield, but cannot seem to find it anywhere.  Do you happen to know if this is an […]

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Managed Care


MANAGED CARE By Alexandra Weingarth, Policy and Advocacy Director One of OCHCH’S main priorities is to alleviate burden surrounding managed care. While we know that the re-procurement process is approaching, we do not want to wait for our issues to be resolved at an unidentified timeline. Therefore, we have suggested regular meetings between provider associations, [...] Read More