When Does Medicare Pay for Home Health Care?
The program will pay for home health care if all of the following conditions are met:
1. The patient must be homebound and under a doctor’s care
2. The patient must need skilled nursing care, or occupational, physical, or speech therapy, on at least an intermittent basis (that is, regularly but not continuously)
3. The services provided must be under a doctor’s supervision and performed as part of a home health care plan written specifically for that patient
4. The patient must be eligible for the Medicare program and the services ordered must be “medically reasonable and necessary”
5. The home health care agency providing the services must be certified by the Medicare program.
6. To get help with your Medicare questions, call
7. 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227, TTY/TDD: 1-877-486-2048 for the speech and hearing impaired) or look on the Internet at: http://www.medicare.gov/.
Learn more About Home Health Care
There are several national organizations that can provide additional consumer information about home health care services. These include the following:
The National Association for Home Care www.nahc.org
The Visiting Nurse Associations of America www.vnaa.org
The Eldercare Locator www.eldercare.gov
To find out more about home health care programs where you live, you will want to contact your local aging information and assistance provider or area agency on aging (AAA). The Eldercare Locator, a public service of the Administration on Aging at 1-800-677-1116 to help connect you to these agencies.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging, www.AoA.gov
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