Changes in health care reimbursement have pushed health care systems to shorten hospital stays, prevent hospital readmissions, and improve patient outcomes. To achieve these goals, more Montana patients are being discharged home to recover and frequently end up back in the ER or hospital within 30 days for complications related to their initial hospital stay. It’s important to understand your home health benefit policy before you are discharged from the hospital. The home health benefit is available multiple times as long as there is a certified medical need by the policy holder’s primary care provider.
Montanans have a choice when it comes to choosing their home health care provider. Consumer Direct Care Network – Home Health has achieved the highest rating among all Montana’s home health providers. We have attained 4 out of 5 stars in Quality of Care. Other Montana home health providers average 2.5 stars; the national average is 3.5 stars.
What is Home Health Anyway?
Home health is defined by Medicare as an intermittent service provided by nurses, physical therapists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, medical social workers and home health certified nursing assistants to persons confined to their homes and in need of short term acute care. Depending on patient’s needs, licensed home health professionals can make home visits as often as daily or as infrequently as weekly, with visits lasting on from 30-60 minutes.
- Nurses work closely with patients and their providers to ensure acute and chronic medical issues are addressed by providing education on disease process and prevention strategies.
- Physical therapists works with patients in developing a home exercise program to meet their needs in restoring mobility and strength.
- Occupational therapists evaluate the home setting to make sure there are no hazards or barriers to remain independent and safe at home. Occupational therapists can assist in retraining skills with activities of daily living (i.e. washing dishes, eating, and dressing) that may have been lost due to illness or injury.
- Speech therapists collaborate with the patients to develop a speech therapy program to improve or restore speech/language disorders.
- Medical social workers assists to find support services or resources in the community that may be of benefit to the patient.
- Home health certified nursing assistants can help with personal care needs at home on a part-time basis (i.e. assist with bathing, dressing).
What Are the Payment Sources Accepted for Home Health Services?
Home health is not only focused on the elderly and persons with disabilities, but is also available to anyone who requires intermittent home health care. Home health care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans Administration, private insurance companies and Workers’ Compensation insurance because they value the importance of recovering at home and understand how costly a hospital visit or nursing home stay can be.
Home health care is applicable in a variety of situations. Whether you need physical therapy after joint surgery, nursing for on-going wound care, nursing for IV home antibiotics to ease the expense of a hospital or nursing home to complete the treatment, or speech therapy to improve vocabulary and swallowing after a stroke, home health care is an excellent option. Patients can heal, recover and regain their independence in the comfort of their own home—all while receiving the same care as they would in a rehabilitation facility.
Why Choose Consumer Direct Care Network – Home Health
We consider fundamental questions every day and work hard with our patients and their families to optimize the results. How do we ensure patients are recovering at home and following their discharge instructions? How do we decrease the risk that patients discharged from the hospital, outpatient surgery centers or nursing homes will not be readmitted or go to the hospital within 30 days?
Because we hold ourselves accountable answering these questions and providing the best care and patient outcomes; we are proud of our high ratings we received from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for Quality of Care and Patient Satisfaction. Use the Medicare.gov home health comparison tool to search your zip code.
Consumer Direct Care Network – Home Health team is here for our patients with the goal of improving their independence, improving quality of life and preventing re-hospitalizations. Contact us today with any of your Home Health questions.
Ka Moua, APRN, NP-C
Clinical Director / Administrator, Home Health and Hospice
Consumer Direct Care Network