Home Health Services Law and Legal Definition

Home health services refer to the medically-related services provided to patients in a home setting rather than in a medical facility such as a hospital or a primary health care center. Home health services include medical or psychological assessment, wound care, medication teaching, pain management, disease education and management, physical therapy, speech therapy, or occupational therapy, skilled nursing in addition to speech, occupational and physical therapy. In home health service the home care practitioner will aid patients to increase their ability to perform their daily activities of life.

The term "home health services" means the part-time or intermittent nursing care, physical or occupational therapy or speech-language pathology services, medical social services conducted under the direction of a physician, part-time or intermittent services of a home health aide who has successfully completed a training program approved by the Secretary, and medical supplies furnished to an individual, who is under the care of a physician, by a home health agency or by others under arrangements with them made by such agency, under a plan established and periodically reviewed by a physician, provided on a visiting basis in a place of residence used as such individual's home [42 USCS § 1395x (m)].