Medicare is the largest payer for home health services.
To be eligible for Medicare’s home health benefit, beneficiaries must be in need of skilled nursing care on an intermittent basis (including physical therapy or speech-language pathology) or have a continuing need for occupational therapy to treat their illnesses or injuries and must be unable to leave their homes without considerable effort.
Medicare pays a predetermined payment rate for a 30-day period of home health care. The bundled payment covers all items and services, with the exclusion of durable medical equipment provided to the beneficiary during the 30-day period. There is no limit to the number of days for which a beneficiary is entitled to home health care and Medicare does not require copayments or a deductible for home health services.
The majority of patients prefer to receive care at home instead of in institutional settings, and home health care can be provided at lower costs than institutional care.
NAHC supports its members in several ways. NAHC advocates for home health care providers through Congressional members and federal regulators to promote the value of home health care. Educational opportunities are offered throughout the year and a multitude of resources are available to assist providers with day-to-day operations.
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