If you or your doctor decides you need home health care, you have the freedom to choose among a list of participating Medicare-certified home health agencies that serve your geographic area to give you the care and services you need. Your choice should be honored by your doctor, hospital discharge planner, or other referring agency. If your doctor recommends home health care for you or your loved one, tell him (or her) about Cooper Home Health.

Section 1802 of the Social Security Act seeks to ensure that free choice is guaranteed to all patients. The law states: “Any individual entitled to insurance benefits under this title may obtain health services from any institution, agency or person qualified to participate under this title if such institution, agency or person undertakes to provide him such services.”

This statement gives patients freedom to choose whom they want as their provider of post-hospital services.

Choosing a home health agency can be confusing and difficult. There are many agencies offering different services, so how does one begin? You can start by visiting the official Medicare website and looking at the Home Health Compare section. This comparison shows how Medicare certified agencies compare to state and national standards in achieving positive patient outcomes.  Click here to visit Home Health Compare.