A doctor’s order is required for home health services. The physician must certify that you need home health services.
Most insurances including Medicare require that a doctor or a certain health care professionals who work with a doctor (like a nurse practitioner), must document that they have had a face-to-face encounter with you (like an appointment with your primary care doctor) within required time frames and that the encounter/visit was related to the reason you need home health care.
Some insurances and Medicare require that you are homebound. To be homebound means: You have trouble leaving your home without using an assistive device (walker, cane, wheelchair) or help from another person because of an illness or injury, or if it isn’t recommended because of your condition. You’re normally unable to leave your home, but if you do it requires a major effort.
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