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Feeling At Home With Home Care:
Choosing The Right Provider

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Is the agency licensed (required in many states) and accredited by a healthcare accreditation organization, such as the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)?

Does the agency accept Medicare, Medicaid, or other public third party payors? Because each state has its own eligibility requirements, the home health agency may not accept patients covered by Medicaid.

Is the agency Medicare certified? Only Medicare certified agencies can provide services covered by Medicare. It is also beneficial to determine if the agency will continue services if Medicare or other reimbursement sources are exhausted.

The agency you choose should be an extension of the physician's original plan of care for the patient. It is essential that the agency and Caregivers work well with the care recipient, her family and physician. The common goal for everyone involved in the patient's home care services should be a successful recovery.

 


This information is provided by Columbia Homecare. For more information about home care and a free booklet entitled "How to Choose a Home Care Provider", please call 1-800-COLUMBIA, (800) 265-8624.

Home Care Resources
Eldercare Locator (800) 677-1116

Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
(708) 916-5600

Health Care Financing Administration
(410) 786-3000

National Association for Home Care
(202) 547-7424

National HomeCaring Council
(202) 547-6586 


 

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