Skilled nursing and therapy services for the homebound patient
Home healthcare is medical care provided in a homebound patient's home. It can include broad care given by medical professionals, including skilled nursing care, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. Home healthcare can also include skilled non-medical care, such as medical social services or assistance with bathing from qualified home health aides.
* Please note that Home Healthcare is not the same as Private Duty
As the Medicare program describes, home healthcare is unique as a care setting not only because the care is provided in the home, but the care itself is "usually less expensive, more convenient, and just as effective" as care given in a hospital or skilled nursing facility.
The Medicare home health benefit covers skilled nursing care and therapy services provided to patients in the home setting. The patient must be under the care of a physician, meet the definition of “homebound,” and be in need of skilled services on an intermittent basis. Patients receive home health care following an acute care hospital discharge or because they require certain rehabilitation services.
Our providers work hard to reduce avoidable hospital readmissions. We are committed to promoting quality improvement in our patients' health, and actively partner with physicians and hospitals to achieve this goal.