Home infusion therapy services offer our patients a comprehensive and innovative source of health care options, in the comfort of their home. Alleviating long and unnecessary stays in the hospital, our home infusion team administers intravenous (IV) therapy and treatment in a safe and comfortable setting.
Whether you are looking into home infusion therapy for the first time, curious about services, or are exploring costs, we can provide clear answers. Below, we have addressed some of the most commonly asked questions about home infusion therapy, how it works, and what to expect. Still have questions? Please contact us to connect with one of our local home infusion therapy agencies.
What is home infusion therapy?
Home infusion therapy is the provision of intravenous (IV) medications through a catheter directly into the patient’s bloodstream. Infusion therapy is prescribed for more serious infections and specialized disorders when oral medications are less effective. Our services enable patients to receive therapy and treatment in the comfort of their own home.
How does home infusion therapy work?
Once home infusion therapy is prescribed by your physician, we will work directly with you to coordinate your start of care. All necessary supplies will be delivered in time for your first visit from one of our nurses. Follow up visits and deliveries will be scheduled at your convenience and we will regularly update your physician on your progress to ensure you receive the best results and outcomes from your therapy.
What types of therapies are provided?
Anti-emetics, catheter maintenance, chemotherapy, hydration, immune globulin therapy, inotropic therapies, IV antibiotics for infectious disease, nutritional therapies, pain management therapies
Are home infusion therapy services covered by Medicare or Medicaid?
Medicare Part B covers some infusion therapies; however, there is standard 20% copayment for approved services. Medicare Part D will cover the medication you are prescribed, but may not cover the cost of delivery, supplies, and clinical support. Medicaid coverage for home infusion therapy differs by state, but generally covers most medications and services. Med.Care Infusion Services team is available to answer your questions and help verify your coverage so you know what costs you may be responsible for, if any.
What can I expect on my first visit?
Prior to your first visit, our pharmacy will deliver all equipment required for your prescribed therapy. They will provide a detailed explanation of what is being delivered, resources for your equipment, and contact information for whom to call should questions or issues arise. During your first nursing visit, he or she will administer and educate you on your medication and answer any questions about your treatment and equipment.
What happen if l chooses to self-administer medication?
Hands on instruction by a nurse will be provided as well as written instructions. A nurse and pharmacist are always available 24 hours a day for additional help if needed.
Are all supplies and equipment provided?
Yes, the pharmacy will provide everything necessary for your infusion therapy.
Do you provide services for adults and children?
Yes, there are no age restrictions to receive our care service.
What is TPN?
Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) is a comprehensive nutritional liquid compound that is tailored to meet each individual patient’s specific nutritional needs when their body is incapable of absorbing nutrients orally. It includes vitamins, fats, carbohydrates, protein and electrolytes at a prescribed volume and infusion rate (either continuously or cycled overnight using an infusion pump). This type of medication is used to help patients receive proper nutrition when their normal digestive processes are not functioning properly.
Do you provide services 24-hours-a-day?
A pharmacist and nurse are available 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week for emergencies, new referrals, or changes in therapy.
What makes MedCare Infusion Services Inc. different from other home care providers?
MedCare Infusion Services Inc. is a company founded by a family and that is why our slogan is “Our Heart is in the Home”. We serve communities throughout Florida, and the company is licensed in the state of Florida and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC). We are committed to ensuring your rights and privileges as a health care patient.