I live in MD and have heard from our Home Care company in Baltimore that many home care agencies are not taking new catheter referrals. We have patients who have new Hickmans, pheresis catheters and PICC's who don't need home IVF, IV antibiotics but leave the hospital with their catheter. They only require flushes and dressing changes. The issue is the insurance companies are not paying for catheter supplies or if they do it is only $60.00/ month reimbursement and 1 nurse visit a week which doesn't cover the Home care company cost. Medicare doesn't cover any catheter supplies. So patients end up paying out of pocket. Is anyone else having this issue and has anyone developed creative ideas of ways we help these patients with their catheter supplies.
Thanks Norrie Rabinowitz-Hirsch RN