Frequently Asked Questions about Home Health Care Services:
Q: What does “homebound status” mean?
There must exist a normal inability to leave home and leaving home must
require a considerable and taxing effort.
Q: How much is Home Health going to cost me?
Skilled Services are covered at 100% by Medicare Part A. There are some
Medicare and Medicaid HMO’s that require co-pay. In most cases private insurance
may require meeting out of pocket deductible and pre-authorization.
Q: How long will I be able to get Home Health services?
Homecare services are under the orders of the physician and may continue
until obtainable goals are met and/or the patient is no longer homebound and may
be able to receive out-patient services if needed.
Q: Can I get Home Health in Assisted Living
Yes, if there is a need for a skilled service and there has been an order
from a physician.
Q: Can I get Home Health in the Post-Acute Care Center?
No, because it would be duplication of services because the patient is
already receiving skilled services.
Q: How do I get a referral for Home Health Services?
A referral for Home Health services requires a physicians order and requires
a face to face visit with the physician.
Q: How long does a typical Home Health visit last?
A typical visit lasts 30 minutes to an hour and some times more.
Q: Will I get the same nurse or therapist every visit?
For continuity of care, the same nurse or therapist is assigned to the
patient for the duration of care however there may be a need to assign a
different clinician to reassess the Plan of Care.
Q: Can I continue to see my other physicians while I am receiving Home Health services under the direction of the referring physician?
Yes, but the Case Manager would need to be aware of any other physicians that
are involved in your care.
Q: What do I do if I have a question or need someone after normal business hours?
There is a nurse on call 24/7 365 days a year.