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    What is Home Health Care?

    Home Health Care is customized health care and education provided to patients in the comfort of their own home. It is typically provided on a temporary and intermittent basis following a hospitalization, rehabilitation stay, or a change in health condition. A home care episode may include a combination of nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, medical social workers, and home health aides.

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    How do I know if I qualify for Home Health Care?

    Patients must be considered homebound. This means getting out of the house exerts a considerable taxing effort and may require the assistance of another person or a medical device such as a walker, cane, or oxygen. (An individual receiving home health care may leave the home for short infrequent trips such as church services, doctor visits, trips to the grocery store, hair appointments, or special family events, but generally the individual is confined to the home by their medical condition.)

    Skilled nursing care or rehabilitation therapy is medically necessary, reasonable, and ordered by a physician who has current knowledge of your medical condition.

    Skilled home care services are meant to be provided on an intermittent basis rather than on a daily basis.

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    How is skilled home health care paid for?

    Eligible Medicare or Medicare Advantage recipients can expect Home Health Care will be covered 100%. There are no copays or deductibles on the Medicare benefit for home health care. Many other insurances, such as Tricare and auto accident insurances, are also covered in full when appropriate criteria are met. Insurance benefits will be verified on an individual basis by the Axiom Home Care intake department prior to the start of the home health care episode. Some Medicare advantage plans and other commercial insurances will require prior authorization by the agency. Some insurance plans have limited provider networks. Please feel free to call 734-324-3166 with any questions regarding your coverage.

    Patients will be notified prior to the last visit

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    What are some common medical conditions typically benefiting from home health care?

    Heart disease, CHF, Diabetes, Wound Care and vascular conditions, COPD, Pneumonia, Hypertension, Arthritis, Strokes, Parkinson ’s disease, Dementia, catheter care, post-surgical care, and for treatment of infections requiring IV antibiotics.

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    What should I expect from the first visit?

    A nurse or rehabilitation therapist will call to schedule a mutually convenient time for the assessment visit. The first visit may last from 1-2 hours and will serve as a comprehensive assessment. This visit will be different from other visits. A care plan will be established with an estimate of the number of visits of each type that will be anticipated to achieve your goals. Following the first visit, your physician will approve the plan of care paperwork and make adjustments as needed.

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    How often will the home visits be scheduled?

    A home health care episode may run for up to 60 days with intermittent scheduled appointments. The frequency of nursing and rehabilitation visits is customized based on physician orders and individual patient goals and needs. Visits may include teaching instructions for caregivers as well as patients.

    Visits are typically less than one hour to allow time for appropriate documentation following the face time in the home.

    Medicare does not reimburse for custodial, companion services, or hourly care.

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    Should I save my benefits for when I am sicker?

    There is no limit to the number of 60 day home health care episodes a qualifying candidate can receive in a year or a lifetime under current Medicare rules (as of January 2017). If a physician agrees that home care is reasonable and necessary, it can be a good way to help avoid more expensive and traumatic hospitalisations and E.R. visits.

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    Is Axiom Home Care an accredited home care agency?

    Axiom Home Care proudly wears the gold seal of approval from The Joint Commission. Joint Commission standards go beyond the standard Medicare guidelines for quality of care and safety.

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    How can I ask my doctor for a referral to Axiom Home Care?

    Ask the doctor if he or she feels home care is appropriate to manage your symptoms. If the answer is yes; tell the doctor you prefer to work with Axiom Home Care. Ask for the referral to be sent electronically or faxed to 734-324-3167. Our intake team will take it from there.

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