Medicare & You: Home Health Care

♪ Hi, I'm Angela James at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. I've got some important information to share with you about home health care. Did you know that many health care treatments that were once offered only in a hospital or a doctor's office can now be done in your home? Home health care is usually less expensive, more convenient, and just as effective as care you get in a hospital or nursing facility. Examples of common home health services include wound care for pressure sores or a surgical wound, and Intravenous or nutrition
therapy. Home health care helps you get better, regain your independence, and become as self-sufficient as possible. Medicare covers some home health care services if you meet certain eligibility criteria and if the services are considered reasonable and necessary for the treatment of your illness or injury. Before you start home health care, your doctor must order it. Once your doctor refers you for home health services, the home health agency will schedule an appointment and come to your home to talk to you about your needs and ask you some questions about your health. The home health agency staff will also talk to your doctor about your care and keep your doctor updated about your progress. If you have a Medigap policy or other health insurance coverage, be sure to tell your doctor or other health care provider so your bills get paid correctly. You can use "Home Health Compare" on to find and compare home health agencies by the types of services the offer and the quality of care they provide. To learn more visit To learn more visit

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