Home Health FAQ’s

Here are some of the questions that our team frequently gets….

    1.  Who orders Home Health Care?  Home Health has to be ordered by a patient’s primary care physician.  That physician agrees to write the order and follow the patient during the duration of time they are receiving home health care.
    2. Who qualifies for Home Health Care?  Any patient who a physician has declared as “homebound”.  This means the patient would need the help of another person or of medical equipment (crutches, a walker or wheelchair) to leave your home.  Or, if your physician believes that leaving your home would worsen an illness or injury.
    3. What does Home Health Include?  Home Health includes nursing, nurses’ aides, physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists.
    4. Who pays for Home Health?  Home Health is covered by both Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B.  If you or a loved one have been recently discharged from a hospital or skilled nursing facility and were covered by Medicare Part A, then Medicare Part A will cover Home Health Care as long as the home health starts within 14 days of discharge.  All other patients would be covered by Medicare Part B.
    5. What if I have a Medicare Replacement Plan?  Home Health is covered by most Medicare Replacement plans.  Each policy needs to be verified for acceptance, and there may be certain deductibles or co-insurance costs associated with Home Health Care coverage.