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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to Your Questions

We’re here to answer your questions about home care. Read through our FAQs below to see if you can find the answer to your question. If you don’t see the information you need, feel free to contact Johns Hopkins Home Care Group at 410-288-8100.

What is home care?

Instead of receiving your care in a hospital, a team of professionals provides skilled, intermittent services, private duty, infusion and supplies to you in your home.

What services does Johns Hopkins Home Care Group provide?

  • Skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, social work, respiratory therapy, home health aides and dieticians for adults and children
  • Home infusion therapy, including antibiotics, antivirals, hydration, TPN enteral therapy, chemotherapy, biologicals, pain management, blood clotting factor, growth hormone, immunotherapy, cardiac drugs, heparin therapy and steroids
  • Medical and respiratory equipment and clinical services, including oxygen, CPAP and bilevel, apnea monitoring, ventilators, asthma management, nebulizers and medications, beds, wheelchairs and mobility devices
  • Medical supplies, including those for diabetes, ostomies, incontinence and wound care
  • Outpatient pharmacy at the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center, Weinberg, Moore Clinic, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and the Medical Pavilion at Howard County

What are the criteria for admission to home care?

  • Home health requirements:
    • Skilled need assessment, teaching and treatments to meet goals of patient self-care related to new diagnoses or changes in the medical plan of treatment
    • Homebound status required by Medicare and Tricare
    • Intermittent services provided for visits and generally for acute, not chronic, care
  • Oxygen: Medicare coverage requires patient to have specific blood gases and continuous need.
  • Medical equipment requires a certificate of medical necessity.
  • Most equipment and all medications require a prescription.

How do I make a home care referral to Johns Hopkins Home Care Group?

  • If you are based in one of Johns Hopkins’ institutions, call your assigned home care coordinator to assist in development of the patient’s plan of care. After business hours and on weekends, or if you do not know how to reach your specific coordinator, call 410-288-8100, which is Johns Hopkins Home Care Group’s central intake line.
  • If you are not in the hospital, central intake nursing staff members will assist you directly. You will be asked for patient demographics, including address, phone, insurance, primary diagnosis, orders for care, specific supplies or equipment, reason for care (if skilled care is needed), and the name, address and phone number of the physician who will be following the patient and is responsible for ongoing care.