What is Medicare Part A ?

Summary of Medicare Part A

Medicare is currently defined under two classifications, Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B.  Briefly, Part A covers inpatient hospital stays, care in a skilled nursing facility, hospice care, and some home health care. It is best described as “hospital insurance”.

In general, Medicare Part A covers:

A.) Hospital care, which includes inpatient hospital care; skilled nursing facility care; and long-term care hospitals.

B.) Skilled nursing facility care coverage, which covers assessments and care plans.

C.) Nursing home care – as long as custodial care isn’t the only care you need. Or, in other words, there is a “skilled” component to the patient needs. Medicare only pays for home care if you meet certain conditions. An elder who needs assistance to eat, getting in or out of a bed or chair, moving around, and using the bathroom may be covered. It may also include the kind of health-related care that most people do themselves, like using eye drops. But in most cases, Medicare doesn’t pay for custodial care.

D.) Hospice:  If you qualify for hospice care, you’ll have a specially trained team and support staff available to help you and your family cope with your illness. Your doctor and the hospice team will work with you and your family to set up a plan of care that meets your needs.

JD Miller

About JD Miller

John D. Miller is the founder/owner of Home Care Partners, LLC, a Massachusetts business providing private duty, personalized in-home assistance and companion care services to those needing help in daily activities and household functions. Phone: (781) 378-2164 Email: [email protected] Website: https://homecarepartnersma.com

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