What is Home Health Care?
How Texas Regulate Home Health Agencies.
This page will help you to learn and understand how Texas regulates home health agencies and what home health services are (and are not) covered by Medicare and Medicaid.
Home health care is a wide range
of health care services that can be given in your home for an illness
or injury. Home health care is usually less expensive, more convenient,
and just as effective as care you get in a hospital or skilled nursing
to Become a Licensed HCSSA Provider
HCSSAs must be licensed to operate in Texas. To become licensed, an agency must:
Home health care provides skilled nursing and rehabilitation help for people who are homebound on a short-term basis. If you have limited mobility due to a temporary injury or illness and need in-home medical help, you could get it through a home health agency. Here are answers to a few questions many people have about the home health agencies.
Are home health services covered by insurance
For Medicare, you can get 100% of the costs covered if your doctor deems skilled rehabilitation or nursing services necessary for the short term. Medicare doesn't cover home health aide services unless you're also getting skilled care such as nursing care or other physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech-language pathology services from the home health agency. Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology services.
home health services covered by Medicaid?
Long-term care services include:
You can get long-term care services through the state if you have Medicaid. If you don’t have Medicaid, you can apply for it by using the Application for Assistance in Texas (PDF format). The Texas Health and Human Services Commission will decide if you are able to get Medicaid.
I receive other services?
can I find Texas home health?
Most of the time, whether a home health agency is regulated by the state or by a separate agency, they are required to follow licensing rules for all staff—so someone without the proper medical training and certification could work as a companion, for example, but not administer medication or give injections.
do I know if I need home health?
Not all home health agencies in Texas are the same, and depending on your state, conditions may vary in terms of the types of services the agency can provide and what is covered by insurance. However, if you start with a doctor or hospital referral, you are likely to be able to find an agency that can provide you with the services you need.
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