Understanding the Medicare Benefit

Don’t put off the care you need because of COVID-19.  Schedule your appointment online, call your Bronson practice or call a Bronson Care Advisor at (269) 341-7788. Many providers also offer video visits. Learn more.

How can we help you?

Understanding the Medicare Benefit

Medicare will pay for 100 percent of what is commonly called “Medicare Home Health Services" if the individual or patient requiring services meets certain criteria including:

  • The patient is a Medicare eligible beneficiary
  • The patient is receiving care from a home health agency, such as Bronson at Home, that has a valid agreement to participate in the Medicare program.
  • The patient is homebound or confined to his or her residence, meaning it takes a taxing effort to leave the home.
  • The patient is under the care of a physician and receiving services under a plan of care that is established and periodically reviewed by a physician.
  • The patient is in need of skilled nursing care on an intermittent basis, or in need of physical therapy, speech/language therapy or has a continuing need for occupational therapy.

What are the “home health” services covered by Medicare?

  • Nursing, under the supervision of a registered professional nurse
  • Physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech-language pathology services
  • Home health aide services
  • Routine and non-routine medical supplies
  • Medical social services

What are some examples of skilled care?

  • Intramuscular or intravenous injections
  • Observation and evaluation of a patient if the probability exists that significant changes will occur which require the intervention of a physician or nurse
  • Extensive, complex decubitus (bed sores) or wound care
  • Teaching of complex self-care and patient management of the disease process
  • Therapy services following orthopedic surgery

What is NOT covered under the Medicare benefit?

  • Transportation
  • Housekeeping
  • Meals on wheels
  • Drugs and biologicals
  • Inhalation therapy
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Hourly care
  • Custodial care
  • Medication set-ups


Positivity Stories

Related Services

Bronson Health News

Get the latest health news, tips and trends from Bronson.

South haven e-news

See the latest news

Find a Doctor Icon

Looking for a Bronson doctor?
Find the perfect fit for you.

Find a Doctor

Related Classes & Events

  • Jul
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    This class will help your family prepare for the birth of your child. Medicaid accepted.
  • Jul
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Sudden health changes can happen. Learn how to create a plan outlining your healthcare wishes and identify who your decision-maker(s) will be if you are ever unable to make medical choices yourself.
  • Jul
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    This virtual instructor-led class will help you prepare for caring for your newborn. Some topics include soothing, bathing, diapering, feeding, recognizing illness, CPR.