When you are needing extended intravenous therapy you should be given choices to obtain it from a clinic, an infusion therapy center or a home infusion provider. If your choice is home infusion, you will be referred to us by your provider. You can also contact us directly and RHI will work with your health care team to plan your IV therapy at home.
Home infusion allows you to recover safely and comfortably at home while returning to your normal life. With home infusion, you avoid exposure to sources of infection at hospitals and clinics, which is critically important when you are recovering from a major medical event or have a weakened immune system.
For most patients, home infusion is less expensive than receiving the same therapy in a hospital or clinic. In addition, your financial burden is less because you may be able to return to work while receiving therapy.
The vast majority of commercial insurance plans cover home infusion services. Rochester Home Infusion calls your insurance company to determine your coverage and will explain your benefits before starting therapy. We also bill your insurance directly.
Medicare and Medicaid covers some home infusion therapies and are considered on a case by case basis. Medicare coverage is limited.
For more information on insurance coverage for home infusion visit our insurance page.
Our RHI nurse will meet with you in the hospital or clinic before discharge to show you and your family how to give your medication. The nurse will answer your questions about your medication, how your care will be coordinated with your physician and address any questions you may have. Written instructions will be provided, including contact information for our 24/7 support line. Our clinicians are ready to answer questions and if needed, we will contact your physician.
A nurse will visit you in your home shortly after discharge to reinforce the education. They will also come to your home at least weekly to draw labs, assess your medical progress and help maintain your line.
We make your IV therapy at home easy so you can resume your normal daily lives.
For information on methods of administering medication, go to our patient education videos.
The following are some examples of how your medication will be given at home:
Medication Delivery without a Pump
Medication Delivery with a Pump
Portable pumps deliver medications at a steady rate and allow greater mobility than pushing around a traditional IV pole.
Rochester Home Infusion's goal is to make your IV therapy simple and easy to learn to support your active life.
Rochester Home Infusion actively engages your nurse and physician team in your IV therapy. RHI sends your physician your laboratory results and regularly updates them on your progress. Our clinicians can also contact your physician directly.
Through our collaborative care model, we deliver better outcome and experience for you and your loved ones.