Frequently asked questions
What is Home Health?
Home health care is a wide range of health care services that can be given in your home for an illness or injury. Home health care is usually less expensive, more convenient, and just as effective as care you get in a hospital or skilled nursing facility (SNF). The goal of home health care is to treat an illness or injury. Home health care helps you get better, regain your independence, and become as self-sufficient as possible. If you receive your Medicare benefits through a Medicare health plan, check with your plan to find out how it gives your Medicare-covered home health benefits. If your doctor or referring health care provider decides you need home health care, they should give you a list of agencies that serve your area. They must tell you whether their organization has a financial interest in any agency listed. Choosing a Home Health Agency is patient’s choice.
What does Home Health Care Provide?
Home Health provides assistance to patients that are unable to make it to the doctor’s office as often as needed due to homebound status. Patient that require weekly monitoring due to CHF, HTN, diabetes, med management may require visits more frequent than most patients.
What does Home bound mean?
Homebound status as defined in Medicare rules and guidelines describes a person that cannot leave home without “considerable and taxing effort.” Most patient have an injury or an illness that makes it difficult to leave home: for example, if the patient:
- Requires the aid of a supportive device
- Requires the use of a special transportation
- Needs the assistance of another person
- Has a condition that leaving the home is medically contraindicated
- Symptoms of the disease process (such as pain, SOB or confusion) worsen when leaving the home
- The patient can leave home for medical treatment and psycho social treatment (such as through a certified adult day care program.)
- A patient cannot be disqualified from services for infrequent outings such as religious services, a trip to the barber or beauty salon, a special family event or a walk around the block.
Will I have to pay anything out of pocket?
Medicare pays 100% of skilled services ordered by your physician.
Other Insurances pay rates per your plan. Sometimes a copayment is requested or Home Health coverage is not covered until out of pocket or deductible has been met. Our office staff will check eligibility and notify you of coverage.
Will your nurse stay with me all day?
Home Health Nurse is authorized to complete a visit per skilled need. A typical Nurse visit is anywhere from 30-45 minutes. Therapy visits can range from 30-60 minutes depending on the level of exercise that is ordered.
How often does the nurse come to my home to see me?
A Plan of care is determined by your admitted registered nurse and your physician. Number of visits are determined on a case by case basis.
If I need someone to stay with me all day who can I contact?
Nursing and Beyond Home Health will assist you in finding a provider that works for you. Medicare does not cover provider services but Medicaid does. If you qualify for Medicaid you could qualify for a provider at no cost. Our office can assist you with that process.
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