Skilled Nursing Services are generally covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most insurances when given on a part-time or intermittent schedule. To receive this benefit, care must be medically necessary and ordered by a doctor. Skilled Nursing Services are provided by either a Registered Nurse (RN) or a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Home Health Nurses provide direct care and teach the patient and caregivers about the appropriate care for the illness or injury. The nurses will also manage, observe and evaluate the care.
Examples of Skilled Nursing care include:
- Teaching/administering medications, injections, or tube feedings
- Teaching how to care for wounds and monitoring their healing
- Teaching about prescription drugs or diabetes care
Any services that can be done safely by a non-medical person without the supervision of a nurse, are not considered Skilled Nursing care. Home Health Aide services may also be covered in conjunction with skilled services such as Nursing, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, or Speech Therapy.