Items in AFP with MESH term: Continuity of Patient Care
Bariatric Surgery: Too Many Unanswered Questions - Editorials
Five Ways to Improve Access to Care - The Last Word
Hospitalist Concept: Another Dangerous Trend - Editorials
Hospitalists and the Family Physician - Editorials
Home Health Care - Article
ABSTRACT: Home health care is the fastest-growing expense in the Medicare program because of the aging population, the increasing prevalence of chronic disease and increasing hospital costs. Patients and families are choosing the option of home care more frequently. Medicare's regulations are often considered the standard of care for all home health agency interactions, even when a patient does not have Medicare insurance. These regulations require patients who receive home health care services to be under the care of a physician and to be homebound. The patient must have a documented need for skilled nursing care or physical, occupational or speech therapy. The care must be part time (28 hours or less per week, eight hours or less per day) and occur at least every 60 days except in special cases. A detailed referral and specific care plan maximize the care to the patient and the reimbursement received by the physician.
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