Home Health Vs Hospice
The difference between the two services is:
|Home Health Program||Hospice Program|
|Must have an intermittent short term need for Skilled Nursing or Therapy to qualify for Home Health.||Prognosis of 6 months or less if the terminal diagnosis were to run its “normal” course.|
|Focus is on curative or restorative goals.||Focus is on comfort measures (palliative/symptom control). Curative therapy is not appropriate at this point.|
|Reimbursement to Bridge Program covers:
How are other Needed Services and Products Covered?
Billed through usual method as prior to being admitted to the Bridge Program.
|Reimbursement to Hospice covers:
|Patient must be considered Homebound.||Patient does not need to be homebound.|
|Home Health may not be provided in a long term care facility.||Hospice may be provided wherever the patient resides – home or nursing facility.|