Visiting Angels is a network of home health care agencies that operates throughout the United States and Medicare may help cover the services. These home health care agencies operate as franchises and provide care within the patient’s home, rather than within a facility. In-home care can provide several services to patients, depending on the condition; some of the most popular forms of care include respite care, end of life care, and personal care. Visiting Angel services can even include companionship, meal prep, and running errands for patients.
Visiting Angels Services Covered by Medicare
Medicare primarily covers short-term care for health conditions rather than long-term care. Below are some instances in which Medicare may cover Visiting Angels. The patient must have a physician certify requirements for therapy, been in a hospital for three consecutive days, or began care within thirty days of the hospital stay.
If the patient fits into all three categories above, Medicare will cover 100% of the health care for twenty days, and then will cover a percentage of the total cost from the 21st day to the 100th day. After 100 days, the patient will be entirely responsible for the costs incurred.
Home Health Services Covered:
- Part-time nursing care
- Short-term therapies such as physical or occupational therapies
- Medical equipment to aide treatment for the patient (wheelchairs, oxygen, etc.)
If a patient finds themselves homebound and under the treatment of their physician for their health condition, they may qualify to receive home health care services.
What constitutes being homebound? If a patient’s physician can certify that their health condition could potentially worsen by leaving home, or if a patient requires some form of assistance.
Visiting Angels Services Not Covered by Medicare
- 24 Hour around the clock care
- Companionship care
- Running errands, meal preparation, housekeeping
- Personal care (bathing, dressing, etc.)
Care for Recovery
When a patient is not expected to live more than six months because of a terminal illness, Medicare will help to cover hospice care. This form of care can be in the patient’s home, a hospice center, or a nursing facility. In this type of situation, Medicare might cover medical equipment, prescription medications, occupational and physical therapies, grief counseling, social health services, and hospice aid. If a beneficiary begins getting coverage for their hospice care, Medicare will automatically stop coverage for all other health treatments.
Medicare covers the costs of hospice care except for a copayment on Part D. It’s always best to know which services a patient needs ahead of time so everyone can anticipate coverage quality. Home health care can get costly.
Getting Medicare to Cover Visiting Angels
If you’d like any more information regarding a complete list of services offered by Visiting Angels and costs associated with this home health care agency, you can visit the Visiting Angels website, or give their team a call.
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