Skilled Nursing Care and Your Medicare Benefits

There are times in a person’s life when survival or just good quality of life depends on the expertise of medical professionals.  When you are in this case and have Medicare coverage it is possible that your care will be completely covered.  You must still qualify for home health benefits by meeting the four standards of home health coverage, but once you do the following skilled nursing benefits will apply.
Medicare’s website states the following about skilled nursing services allowed covered by policies: “…Skilled nursing care on a part-time or intermittent basis. Skilled nursing care includes services and care that can only be performed safely and correctly by a licensed nurse (either a registered nurse or a licensed practical nurse)…”  This is a relatively liberal interpretation of the coverage, which is a good thing for you, the policy holder.
What you must do now is find someone that qualifies to provide this service and will do work through Medicare policies.  If your doctor is the one that is recommending that the services be done he or she will likely be able to recommend someone to you that can care for you.  If not, contact your local Medicare or Social Security office and ask for a referral to a skilled nursing professional that performs this work in the area.

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