Following a hospitalization many older patients and their families are often surprised at the limited insurance coverage Medicare provides for home-based care. Generally speaking, once a patient leaves a hospital Medicare will only pay for in-home skilled services and physical therapy. This means the patient must require a skilled health professional, rather than just an aide to help with daily chores. Eligibility for Medicare in the home setting can be confusing, and denials of payment are common, sometimes necessitating an appeal to obtain coverage. This is particularly true for the requirement that the patient be “homebound” to be eligible. To better understand the requirements and the best tactics to obtain coverage, Read This.