“A complete lack of goals isn’t the only error that will shoot down your claim. Reviewers are dinging claims for therapists failing to tie goals to functional improvement”, says Clinical Consultant, Dana Eichler with Smart Healthcare Resources in Denver, Colorado.
For example, Eichler recently read an audit that said “why does patient need to walk 150 feet?”, the RN reports. Therapists have the most problems with the functional reassessment – not having functional, objectives, and measurable goals. Goal-related problems are only one of many issues dogging HHA claims that include therapy.
Watch out for these other common issues:
- Nursing-Therapy Contradictions
- Consistent OASIS Documentation
- Homebound Status