Freedom Home Health

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I allowed to choose my own home health care agency or does my doctor or hospital select an agency?
Patient choice still rules the day! It is your choice as to which agency you invite into your home and trust to care for you or your loved one. Your healthcare professionals may have agencies they are accustomed to working with or even affiliated with, but your choice takes precedence. At Freedom, we encourage everyone to shop for an agency just the way you would any other important service and then make an informed choice based on your own preferences and needs.
How do I know if I qualify for home health care services?
If you think you would benefit from home health care services call your doctor or call an agency and speak with a clinician. We generally see clients when they are experiencing some decline in wellness but want to avoid a visit to the hospital, skilled nursing facility, or assisted living community or upon discharge from one of those facilities to provide rehabilitative services. There are also times after a new diagnosis when it is appropriate for home health to step in and provide disease management and education. If you think you need nursing, physical, occupational or speech therapy, you probably do! Your doctor will need to authorize the care as we do not provide skilled services without a doctor
How do I get a doctor's order or prescription for home health care?
Your doctor will send orders to the home health care agency or the agency will formulate a request and send it to your doctor for authorization. Either way you do not have to actively participate in retrieving or delivering the order.
What is all this talk about a Face to Face?
Medicare now requires that you visit your doctor 90 days prior to receiving home health care or 30 days from the start of services in order for services to be paid for or covered.
What is homebound status and why is it important?
Medicare requires that clients be classified as homebound while receiving skilled services in order for home health to be paid for or covered. Whether or not you are considered homebound according to Medicare guidelines is a collaborative decision that includes you, your doctor, and your home health care agency. Being homebound doesn
How do I know which home health care services I need?
Freedom is a full service agency meaning we provide skilled nursing, physical, occupational, and speech therapies, as well as home health aide assistance when needed. The types of services you need will be determined by you, your physician, and our wonderful team of highly-trained clinicians. Together we will develop a plan of care that meets your needs.
Do all insurances cover home health care?
Mostly, but Freedom will verify your insurance coverage at the onset. The GREAT NEWS is that home health care is 100% covered by traditional Medicare. There is no co-pay or deductible or out-of-pocket expense of any kind. The GOOD NEWS is that most Medicare Replacement Plans issued by private insurance companies also cover home health care at 100%, but you will want to be sure and check just in case there is some co-pay or deductible.
How often can I use my home health care benefit?
Medicare covers services for as long as you need them and as long as you are benefiting from them. Unlike outpatient services, there is no limit to the number of visits you can receive, which can be especially important when looking to physical, occupational, or speech therapies for rehabilitation.