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Home care overview

Page posted: 10/01/03

Page reviewed: 6/1/15

Page updated: 8/21/18


Home care is an option that offers a range of medical care and support services provided in the person’s home and community. Services range from simple assistance in activities of daily living to a level of care similar to cares provided in a hospital.

Prior authorization varies among home care services. All home care agencies must follow the appropriate authorization process before the start of care if they plan to bill Minnesota Medical Assistance for their services.

Choice of provider

A person must receive choice of providers to deliver services. For more information, see Choice of Provider.


1. Home health aide (HHA)
2. Home care nursing (HCN)
3. Skilled nurse visit (SNV)
4. Home care therapies
5. Personal care assistance (PCA)

Additional resources

CBSM – Process and procedure: Enhanced rate or budget for PCA, CDCS and CSG
PCA Manual – Provider agency/FSE requirements for enhanced rate and budget

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