At Cherokee Nation Home Health Services, we are committed to providing our clients compassionate high-quality patient care!
Cherokee Nation Home Health Services is a tribally incorporated not-for-profit home health care agency, that is Medicare and Medicaid certified to provide state-licensed home health care. The home health agency was established in 1981 by the Cherokee Nation to broaden its ability to provide services to elderly and disabled persons who were Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. For several years the home health conducted business within the framework of various departments inside the Cherokee Nation. It was the Balance Budget Act of 1997 which led to the reformation of the Medicare reimbursement rates paid to home health care agencies for services rendered that made it necessary for the tribe to move the home health into the free-standing entrepreneur environment while still maintaining its not-for-profit goals of compassionate high-quality patient care.
What is Home Health Care?
Original Medicare Plan Coverage
If you meet all four of the conditions in the previous section for home health care, Medicare will cover:
- Skilled Nursing care on a part-time or intermittent basis. Skilled nursing care includes services and care that can only be performed safely and correctly by a licensed nurse (either a registered nurse or a licensed practical nurse).
- Home Health Aide services on a part-time or intermittent basis. A home health aide does not have a nursing license. The aide provides services that support any services that the nurse provides. These services include help with personal care such a bathing, using the toilet or dressing. These types of services do not need the skills of a licensed nurse. Medicare does not cover home health aide services unless you are also getting skilled care such as nursing care or other therapy. The home health aide services must be part of the home care for your illness or injury.
- Physical therapy, speech language pathology services and occupational therapy for as long as your doctor says you need it. Medicare covers these types of therapy:
- Physical Therapy, which includes exercise to regain movement and strength to a body area and training on how to use special equipment or do daily activities, such as how to get in and out of a wheelchair or bathtub.
- Speech Language Pathology Services, includes exercise to regain and strengthen speech skills.
- Occupational Therapy, which helps you become able to do usual daily activities by yourself. You might learn new ways to eat, put on clothes, comb your hair and new ways to do other usual daily activities. You may continue to receive occupational therapy even if you no longer need other skilled care.
- Medical Social Services to help you with social and emotional concerns related to your illness. This might include counseling or help in finding resources in your community.
- Certain Medical Supplies, like wound dressing, but not prescription drugs.
- Medical Equipment, Medicare Part-B usually pays 80 percent of the approved amount for certain pieces of medical equipment, such as a wheelchair or walker.
Our Service Region
Our home health care programs are licensed by the State of Oklahoma and our Service Region includes the following Oklahoma Counties: Adair; Delaware; Mayes; Muskogee; Sequoyah; Wagoner.