Medicare pays the agency about $48 per patient for the cost of supplies. While a patient is under service, your agency is obligated to pay for all of their supplies. That includes any dressings, ostomy wafer and bags, catheters, suture and staple removers etc. The agency should also have basic supplies to be used by the nurses such as alcohol, band-aids, tape, thermometers, non-sterile dressings, cotton tip applicators, etc. Many agencies stock the basic stuff and drop ship supplies that are specific to a patient. If the patient doesn't have Medicare, they still need to pay for a staple remover and have a DME supply the other stuff. Lab supplies are usually supplied by the lab that you drop off your specimens on a regular basis. They are ordered in bulk. I'm not sure if there is a charge for them. Do not pay for any of these things out of your pocket!
A flat rate per patient is pretty common but they should be paying you mileage. This should be close to .0.50 per mile. If they don't want to pay mileage than you should be getting a higher per visit rate. In Michigan, the average per visit is $50 for a revisit and $85 for a SOC.
I recommend that all new home care nurses read this book cover to cover. It explains home care documentation, Medicare regulations, the OASIS and much more! I know I suggest this book a lot but I learned so much about home care after reading it. You can find it on Amazon
or the authors web site.
[FONT=Arial,Helvetica,Geneva,Swiss,SunSans-Regular]The Handbook of Home Health Standards: Quality, Documentation and Reimbursement, author: Tina Marelli
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