What is Home Health Care?
Home Health Care is a wide range of health care services that can be given in your home. Home Health care is usually less expensive, more convenient, and just as effective as care you receive in a hospital or skilled nursing facility.
The goal of home health is to treat an illness or injury. Home health care helps you get better, regain your independence, and become as self-sufficient as possible.
In general, home health care includes part-time or intermittent Skilled Nursing Care, and other skilled care services such as Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Language Pathology (therapy) services.
Services may also include Medical Social Services or assistance from a Home Health Aide. Usually, a home health care agency coordinates the services your doctor orders for you.
In order to cover home health care, Medicare and other health insurance plans have certain requirements. for example Medicare requires you to be “Homebound.” A person must be Homebound to receive home health services.
To be Homebound means:
Leaving your home is not recommended because of your condition. Your condition keeps you from leaving home without help (such as using a wheelchair or walker, needing help from another person). Leaving home takes a considerable and taxing effort.
A person may leave home for medical treatment or short, infrequent absences for non-medical reasons, such as attending religious services. You can still get home health care if you attend adult day care, however you would receive the home care services in your home.
What to Expect
Once your doctor refers you for home health services, Antioch Home Health, Inc. will schedule an appointment and come to your home to talk to you about your needs and ask you some questions about your health. Our staff will also talk to your doctor about your care and keep your doctor updated about your progress. Doctor’s orders are needed to start care. It is important that our staff see you as often as the doctor ordered.
Here are some examples of what the home health staff should do:
- Check what you are eating and drinking
- Check that you are taking your prescription correctly
- Check your blood pressure, temperature, heart rate and breathing
- Ask if you are having pain
- Check your safety in the home
- Teach you about your care, so you can take care of yourself
- Coordinate your care. Regular communication with your care team
Physician Face-to-Face Encounter
Based on a provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is requiring physicians to have a face-to-face encounter with patients before certifying them for home care. The FFE must occur 90 days before or 30 days after, as long as the visit is for the same reason the patient needs home care, according to the 2011 home health prospective payment system final rule.