Home health agencies are an alternative to nursing home care and provide care in the home to people with medical conditions or disabilities. Services offered by home health agencies include skilled nursing care, physical therapy, speech therapy or home health aide services. Doctors can suggest whether it is suitable for the patient to receive care at home.
There are instances when Medicare pays for care at home through a Medicare-certified home health agency. To qualify, the attending doctor must certify that all of the following are true:
The doctor must order these services for the patient. Be aware that the doctor might order different services, or more frequent services, than what Medicare pays for. Ask your provider whether you would need to pay out of pocket costs for any of the services the doctor wants you or the patient to have.