4123-6-38.1 Payment for nursing and caregiver services provided by persons other than home health agency employees.

(A) Nursing services provided prior to December 14, 1992.

(1) Registered nurses and licensed practical nurses who are not employed by a medicare certified, joint commission accredited, or community health accreditation program (CHAP) accredited home health agency may continue to provide authorized services to a claimant if the services began prior to December 14, 1992.

(2) The need for nursing services must be the direct result of an allowed injury or occupational disease.

(3) In the event the registered nurse or licensed practical nurse is no longer able to provide approved services or if services are stopped and later restarted, nursing services shall be provided only by an employee of a medicare certified, joint commission accredited, or community health accreditation program (CHAP) accredited home health agency.

(B) Non-licensed caregiver services.

(1) Requests for extension of caregiver services initially provided prior to December 14, 1992.

(a) Prior to December 14, 1992, caregiver services provided by a non-licensed person including claimant's spouse, friend or family member were considered for reimbursement in cases where the claimant, as a direct result of an allowed injury or occupational disease, was bedfast, confined to a wheelchair, had a disability of two or more extremities which prevented the claimant from caring for his/her own body needs or was otherwise unable to take care of his/her own bodily functions. Services include, but are not limited to, feeding, bathing, dressing, providing personal hygiene, and transferring from bed to chair. Household, personal or other duties such as maintaining a household, washing clothes, preparing meals, or running errands, are not considered nursing services, and will not be reimbursed.

(b) Requests for an extension of caregiver services approved prior to December 14, 1992, delivered by a non-licensed person, other than an attendant, aide, or claimant's spouse, but including other family members or friends, will be approved only if:

(i) The claimant does not have a spouse because the claimant is not married, or the claimant's spouse is deceased, or the claimant's spouse is physically or mentally incapable of caring for the claimant; and,

(ii) The approved home health agency is greater than thirty-five miles from the claimant's location and the home health agency refuses to provide services to the claimant.

(c) In the event the caregiver is no longer able to provide approved services or if services are stopped and later restarted, services shall be provided only by an employee of a medicare certified, joint commission accredited, or community health accreditation program (CHAP) accredited home health agency.

(2) Requests for extension of caregiver services initially provided on or after December 14, 1992 and prior to January 9, 1995.

(a) Requests for approval of caregiver services delivered by a non-licensed person, other than an attendant, aide, or claimant's spouse were considered for reimbursement only if the claimant did not have a spouse or the spouse was physically or mentally incapable of caring for the claimant, or an approved home health agency was greater than thirty-five miles from the claimant's location and the home health agency refused to provide services to the claimant.

(b) Criteria for approval of caregiver services were as indicated in paragraph (B)(1)(a) of this rule.

(c) After January 9, 1995, persons who are not home health agency home health aides or attendants, but who are currently approved to provide caregiver services to a claimant, may continue to do so until services are no longer medically necessary or unless services are not authorized. After January 9, 1995, approval of caregiver services shall only be considered when services are rendered by a home health agency home health aide or attendant.

(d) In the event the caregiver is no longer able to provide approved services or if services are stopped and later restarted, services shall be provided only by an employee of a medicare certified, joint commission accredited, or community health accreditation program (CHAP) accredited home health agency.

(C) All covered home health services must be rendered on a part-time or intermittent care basis, in accordance with the written treatment plan and the bureau standard of care. Part-time or intermittent care means that services are generally rendered for no more than eight hours per day. Home health services rendered on a full time or continuous care basis are not covered. More appropriate alternative settings will be considered for claimants requiring more than eight hours per day of care, where medical necessity is documented. Exceptional cases may be reviewed by the bureau.

(D) A review of the claim or assessment of the injured worker will be conducted at

least annually to ensure that nursing services are necessary as a direct result of the allowed injury or occupational disease.

Effective: 02/01/2010
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 11/17/2009 and 11/01/2014
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4121.12 , 4121.121 , 4121.30 , 4121.31 , 4121.44 ,
4121.441 , 4123.05 , 4123.66 Rule Amplifies: 4121.121 , 4121.44 , 4121.441 , 4123.66
Prior Effective Dates: 2/12/97, 2/14/05