Medicare classifies a patient as being homebound (confined to the home) if certain criteria are met.

Criteria for being classified as homebound - both of the following:

(1) one of the following:

(1a) has a significant mobility issue caused by illness or injury (see below)

(1b) leaving the home is contraindicated because of a medical condition

(2) both of the following:

(2a) the patient is normally unable to leave home

(2b) leaving home requires a considerable and taxing effort

Mobility issues include:

(1) need for a supportive device (crutches, canes, wheelchairs, walkers)

(2) need for special transportation

(3) need for help from another person


The patient can be classified as homebound and still make brief and infrequent absences from the home for:

(1) medical or dental appointments

(2) religious services

(3) adult daycare programs

(4) barber shop or beauty parlor appointments

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