HHA services are medically oriented tasks a person needs to maintain health or to facilitate treatment of an illness or injury. A physician must order the services and the person delivering the services must have professional supervision by a Medicare-certified agency.
Medicare-certified home health agencies with a comprehensive homecare license
Members must be eligible under one of the following programs:
Authorization is required for all HHA services.
No assessment is required for HHA services; however, these services must be ordered by a physician.
MHCP covers the following services:
• Help with personal cares such as bathing, dressing, grooming, feeding, toileting, routine catheter and colostomy care, ambulating, transfers or positioning
• Simple dressing changes that do not require the skills of a licensed nurse
• Help with medications that are ordinarily self-administered and do not require the skill of a licensed nurse for safe and effective provision
• Help with activities that are directly supportive of skilled therapy services but do not require the skill of a therapist to be safely and effectively performed, such as routine maintenance exercises
• Routine care of prosthetic and orthotic devices
• Incidental household services necessary to the provision of one of the above health related services
MHCP does not cover the following:
• Home health aide visits for the sole purpose of providing household tasks, transportation, companionship, or socialization
• Services that are not medically necessary
• Services provided in a hospital, nursing facility (NF), or intermediate care facility (ICF)
• More than one HHA visit per day
CFR 42 §440.70
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CFR 42 §484.36
Minnesota Statutes 256B.0651 (Home Care Services)
Minnesota Rules 9505.0290 (Home Health Agency services)