Quote from Curious23
She isn't billing Medicare/Medicaid - my grandmother passed away and this woman is billing the estate for $50/hour for "skilled nursing care" which I thought had to be recommended by a doctor.
She is billing 17 days, 24 hours a day for a total of 408 hours. She wants $50 / hour. This comes out to $20,400.
I guess we'll start with the board?
Grandma had been released from a nursing home and no longer required skilled nursing care, and this person wasn't there with her for this whole seventeen days. On some days she was there for 24 hours but she wasn't awake the whole time or providing very much care, since it wasn't necessary. She would have done things like checking blood sugar levels with a glucose monitor, cooking meals, assisting with bathing once a week and providing companionship.
I agree with Leslie. Plus there is a lot of missing info here. Who hired the nurse? Who made the agreement with her? Is there a signed contract or a verbal agreement? If so, again, who made these agreements? Do you have copies of any of this information? Do you have time documentation? Was she employed through a home health agency or is this nurse an independant contractor?
My first step would be to get with the person who made the arrangements for/with the nurse. Maybe it was your grandmother, but it seems odd she would have contacted an agency or a nurse all on her own to provide help/care. If so, perhaps she felt she needed this care....?
Anyway, a lot of unanswered questions. Also, I know several home health nurses, RN's who work in the clients home, sleep there, etc. They do indeed bill by the hour, and $50/hr could be an accurate figure.