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What is a Home Health Agency?

Home Health Agencies provide medical care, rehabilitation services, and therapy services to seniors that are homebound.  Home Health Agencies usually administer care by a registered nurse (RN) or licensed therapist.  Home health is not to be confused with home care, which mainly deals with non-medical issues such as companionship and personal care.  Home health care is covered by Medicare, so it is important you contact your insurance provider to see what benefits you may qualify for. 

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Obtaining Home Health Care

Services Provided by Medical Home Health Care

Home health care is necessary for many reasons.  Here are some of the most common reasons seniors receive home health care: extended physical therapy after being discharged from the hospital, post-surgery physical rehabilitation, a prescription from your physician after a check-up, medical care after an emergency room visit, or care for a degenerative disease like ALS or Parkinson’s Disease.  Below you can find a list of some of the services one could expect from home health care.

Paying for Home Health Care

Medicare will cover all of the costs for the care as long as you have a prescription and use a Medicare certified agency.  The senior will have to pay 20% of the Medicare approved amount for equipment.  It is important before you start any home health care that the agency tell you how much Medicare will pay.  They are also responsible to tell you what they will not cover and how much that will cost.  You should receive or ask for a Home Health Advance Beneficiary Notice (HHABN) that will explain what is not covered by Medicare and how much it will cost. 

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