Hi there AZ. nurses!
Just got back from Tucson not long ago.. sis lives in Tucson, and Mom lived in Phoenix until recently, when we moved her in with sis, as she is now homebound and no longer able to live on her own.. Alzheimer.
Anyway... I've been telling sis to get her started with Home Health. Pati is not a nurse, and Mom has several other diagnoses as well.. HTN, hyperlipidemia, NIDDM, CAD with stent, severe osteoarthritis in L knee. Thought her doc would recommend HH visits for her, but Pati has asked around and she always gets the same answer there in Az. .... that Mom doesn't qualify for HH as her income is too great. I told Pati perhaps they were confusing that with Medicaid, but she said no... she had specifically mentioned Medicare, and still she gets the same answer from even Social Services, and the Alzheimer Support ppl... something about HH being income based, or she doesn't qualify ???
Well... I'm a HH nurse myself, and I do believe I'm right is saying HH is available on a federal level to ANY patient who is on Medicare and is homebound? Heck, I have patients in my care who have fewer diagnoses than my mom, for heaven's sake!
So what's the deal out there? Is there something I don't know about? Does AZ. do things differently? I don't see how, as Medicare assumes HH SN visit costs to anyone on Medicare, as long as they are homebound.. I mean it's a federal thing, not a state-by-state thing!
If someone can give me some feedback on this, I'd sure appreciate it!
Sis is about to pull her hair out, as I'm telling her one thing, and they are telling her another out there.
Thanx a bunch !