Your doctor signs a home health order and c e r t i f i c a t i o n c o n f i r m i n g t h a t y o u are homebound and need intermittent skilled care. The certification must also state that your doctor has approved a Home Health Plan of Care for you and that the face-to-face meeting requirement was met.
You are homebound, meaning it is extremely difficult for you to leave your home and you need help doing so.
You have a face-to-face meeting with a doctor within the 90 days before you start home health care, or the 30 days after the first day you receive care. This can be an office visit, hospital visit, or in certain circumstances a face-to-face visit facilitated by technology (such as video conferencing). Your doctor will review and certify your home health plan every 60 days.
You must need at least one of the following: intermittent skilled nursing care, or physical therapy or speech-language therapy, or continue to need occupational therapy
The Home Health Agency you receive care from must be approved by the Medicare program (Medicare-certified).