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Home Health Agencies

Program Overview

Home health agencies may provide the following healthcare medical services:

  • Home health aide services
  • Medical social work services
  • Nursing services
  • Nutritional services
  • Physical therapy services
  • Occupational therapy services
  • Respiratory therapy services
  • Speech therapy services
  • Home medical supplies and equipment
  • Professional medical equipment assessment services

The Department of Health licenses home health agencies to assure care is provided within health and safety standards established by statute and rule. The department enforces the standards by periodically conducting unannounced on-site surveys of these agencies.

Medicare may pay for services provided by home health agencies that voluntarily seek and are approved for certification by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS contracts with the department to evaluate compliance with the federal home health regulations to periodically conduct unannounced on-site surveys of these agencies.

Medicare-certified home health agencies are required to conduct comprehensive assessments of all patients and participate in the federal program Outcome Assessment Information Set (OASIS). Home health agencies electronically submit OASIS health information on Medicare patients to measure patient outcomes for quality improvement. Public reporting on selected outcome measures is available on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' website.