Medicare Home health services

How often is it covered?

Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) and/or Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers eligible home health services like intermittent skilled nursing care, physical therapy, speech-language pathology services, continued occupational services, and more. Usually, a home health care agency coordinates the services your doctor orders for you.

Medicare doesn't pay for: 24-hour-a-day care at home Meals delivered to your home Homemaker services  Personal care

Who's eligible?

All people with Part A and/or Part B who meet all of these conditions are covered: You must be under the care of a doctor, and you must be getting services under a plan of care established and reviewed regularly by a doctor. You must need, and a doctor must certify that you need, one or more of these:

 

The home health agency caring for you must be Medicare-certified. Your must be homebound, and a doctor must certify that you're homebound.

You're not eligible for the home health benefit if you need more than part-time or "intermittent" skilled nursing care.

You may leave home for medical treatment or short, infrequent absences for non-medical reasons, like attending religious services. You can still get home health care if you attend adult day care.

Note: Home health services may also include medical social services, part-time or intermittent home health aide services, medical supplies for use at home, durable medical equipment, or injectable osteoporosis drugs.

Source: https://www.medicare.gov/coverage/home-health-services.html