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Does my Home Health agency need to obtain certification?
Most Home Health agencies operating in the United States today have obtained, or are working to obtain, their Medicare Certification. This enables agencies to provide care to Medicare recipients and receive reimbursement for services through that program. Agencies that are not certified to do so are not able to receive monies from the Medicare program for services they have rendered.
In addition, many agencies will seek the certification of the State Medicaid program, for reasons similar to why they’d seek Medicare certification.
If an agency only seeks to provide care to private insurance patients and/or patients who are able to pay out of pocket certification is not a requirement.
What is the difference between Home Health Care and Hospice Care?
While both Home Health and Hospice Care provide comprehensive care for the needs of a patient within his/her home, the difference is the care focus.
Home Health Care focuses on patient rehabilitation and medical management in order to improve a patient’s medical condition. Hospice Care focuses on supporting patients who are terminally ill, providing comfort measures to assure the patient’s comfort and quality of life. Home Health and Hospice services are sometimes referred to as “Homecare.”