Call DRO if your private duty nursing services are being cut, eliminated

October 8, 2015 / Medicaid

Many people with disabilities need nursing care for a medical condition. People who are enrolled in the Medicaid program can get nursing services in their own homes. With a doctor’s prescription, you can get nursing care on a part-time (or intermittent) basis, which generally means no more than 14 hours a week and visits that last no more than four hours. With approval (called “prior authorization”) from the Ohio Department of Medicaid (“ODM”), you can get private duty nursing (“PDN”) services. These are continuous nursing services that can be more than 14 hours a week and for longer than four hours at a time.

Recently, many people getting PDN services have learned that their services will be reduced or even eliminated. This creates many problems for people and their families and may even be illegal under Medicaid law and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Read Disability Rights Ohio's frequently asked questions document about private duty nursing services.

If you need help, call DRO at 800-282-9181 and select option 2 for intake.

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