Debunking 3 Myths About Medicare and Home Health Care
As you and your loved ones age, it is likely you will at some point question whether home health care is covered by Medicare. However, it can be complicated to ascertain what is and is not covered. Here are a few common misconceptions surrounding Medicare and home health care.
1. Home Health Care is a No-Strings-Attached Part of Medicare
A patient will need to meet certain conditions to qualify for home health care coverage under Medicare. First, the patient’s doctor must certify that he or she is homebound, in need of skilled care (including skilled nursing and therapy sessions) and qualifies for Medicare home health care. Additionally, the patient’s care must be managed by an agency with Medicare certification.
2. Home Health Care Includes Housekeeping Services
There are a number of things that Medicare will not cover for patients. These services can be, but are not limited to, 24-hour care, certain prescription drugs, housekeeping and meal delivery.
3. Home Health Care Does Not Include Social Services
Actually, Medicare will cover medical social services such as counseling. It will also cover physical, speech and occupational therapy for patients. Home health care resources are available for up to 8 hours per day and 28 hours per week. If you have further questions about whether home health care is covered by Medicare, consult your doctor and the resources provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to obtain the best information for your family.