HCU Child Care Overview

Children—at all stages of development—are perhaps the most fragile and vulnerable patients in the health care system. Health Care Unlimited’s Pediatric Services takes special care to identify, hire and train its pediatric nurses and attendants. Understanding the important role nurses and attendants play in treating pediatric patients, HCU takes great pride in having the right staff for the right patient.

From newborns to teenagers, pediatric patients are constantly changing. Unlike adults, pediatric patients need to have their treatment plans adjusted frequently as they reach different stages of physical, emotional and cognitive development. HCU pediatric nurses are aware of the variety of changes they will encounter with any of their patients and how this may impact their medications and treatment plans.

Because pediatric patients often cannot adequately voice or explain their symptoms and feelings, HCU pediatric nurses learn to anticipate changes. HCU pediatric nurses help doctors stay in a proactive mode and avoid serious problems before they happen.

Our Director of Pediatric Services

Adriana Muro, a graduate of the University of Texas-Pan American with a degree in Nursing and a background in accounting, has over 28 years of nursing experience. She has 18 years of Neonatal-Pediatric Critical Care experience in a hospital setting where she was very active as a Charge Nurse, Transport Team Leader and Nursing Standards Committee Member. Another 13 years in pediatric Home Care gives Adriana the depth of experience and skills necessary to serve as Director of Pediatrics at Health Care Unlimited.

Pediatric Home Health Care
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What is Pediatric Skilled Nursing Care?

Pediatric Home Health Care also known as Pediatric Skilled Intermittent Service is characterized as a service in which a skilled health care professional such as a Registered Nurse (RN) and others listed below, visit the patient’s home to provide periodic (intermittent) care for a short timeframe. These “skilled” visits serve as part of a health care intervention regimen designed to help stabilize and monitor the patient with the expectation of returning them to an independent lifestyle where he/she or their caregiver(s) can continue to manage their care under the supervision of their physician.

Our Pediatric home care team work to help children reach their maximum potential for clinical and skilled care independence. They focus on long-term and skilled chronic or post-acute care, medical illness, diseases, and conditions where skilled nursing procedures may need to be performed in the home and/or taught to a family or caregiver.

Skilled health care professionals available through Health Care Unlimited Include:

  • Registered Nurses (RN)
  • Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN)
  • Physical Therapist (PT)
  • Occupational Therapist (OT)
  • Speech Therapist (ST)
  • Respiratory Therapist (RT)
  • Licensed Dietician
Typical Pediatric Nursing Services Include:
  • IV Infusions: antibiotics, hydration, and total parental nutrition (TPN)
  • Central Line Care: PICC Lines, Broviacs, CVL’s and port-a-caths
  • Wound Care and Negative Pressure Therapy
  • Medication Teaching
  • Respiratory Treatments
  • Apnea and Pulse Oximetry Monitoring
  • Bladder Catheterization
  • Ventilator Patient Care
  • Tracheostomy Care
  • Gastrostomy Tube Care
  • Ileostomy Care
  • Colostomy Care
  • Post-Operative Care
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
Pediatric Home Health Funding Coverage

Pediatric Home Health Care is a health care benefit typically covered under commercial (private) health insurance plans as well as several Medicaid Programs. Health Care Unlimited accepts the following Pediatric Services payment methods:

  • Medicare
  • Medicaid & CHIPS
    • Comprehensive Care Program (CCP)
    • Medically Dependent Children’s Program (MDCP)
    • STAR Program Managed Care Organizations (MCOs)
      • Superior Health Plan
      • United Healthcare Community Plan
      • Molina Healthcare of Texas
      • Driscoll Children’s Health Plan
  • Several Private Insurance Plans (Click Here for Insurance List)
  • Private Payment
 
 
Pediatric Private Duty Services
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What are Pediatric Private Duty Services?

Pediatric private duty services in the home care setting are characterized by long-term care needs of children or families. These services can be paid privately or covered under insurance plans. Skill level can range from babysitting provided by a personal attendant to 24-hour skilled nursing care provided to a pediatric patient by registered nurses (RNs).

Pediatric nurses need effective assessment skills. They must know the differences in development from newborn to adolescents. Our nurses are compassionate and empathetic, sensitive to patient’s needs, and be able to teach parents. Nurses also provide follow-up information to parents for oxygen use and nebulizer treatments. HCU pharmacists can provide any special IVs and drugs a patient needs.

Children born with birth defects, which are manageable but not curable, often require tracheal tubes and feeding tubes. Many might not have survived years ago, including premature babies born at 24-to-26 weeks. Even as they are born with abnormalities, these children’s life expectancy is much longer. Their quality of life is so much better thanks to the continuum of care HCU pediatric nurses provide as they coordinate with doctors, hospitalists and other primary caregivers.

Health care professionals available through Health Care Unlimited’s Private Duty Program Include:

  • Registered Nurses (RN)
  • Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN)
  • Certified Nurse Assistants (CNA)
  • Personal Care Attendants
  • Homemaker
  • Companion/Sitter
  • Nanny
  • Live-in Companion
Typical Pediatric Private Duty Services provided to patients needing the following:
  • Respiratory Treatments
  • Apnea and Pulse Oximetry Monitoring
  • Bladder Catheterization and Care
  • Ventilator Patient Care
  • Tracheostomy Care
  • Gastrostomy Tube Care
  • Ileostomy Care
  • Colostomy Care
  • Post-Operative Care
  • Quadriplegic Care
  • Bedridden patient care
  • Personal Care
  • Transferring and Ambulation
  • Light Meal Preparation
  • Light Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Light Chores
  • Grocery Shopping/Errands
  • Medication Reminders
  • Companionship
  • Reading and Conversation
  • Answering the Telephone
  • Escort to Appointments
  • Managing Mail and Bills
  • Respite Care
  • Skilled Nursing
Pediatric Private Duty Services Funding Coverage

Pediatric Private Duty Service is a health care benefit typically covered under commercial (private) long-term care health insurance plans and several Medicaid Programs; Health Care Unlimited also accepts Private Payment for providing these services. Health Care Unlimited accepts the following Pediatric Private Duty payment methods:

  • Medicaid & CHIPS*
    • Comprehensive Care Program (CCP)
    • Medically Dependent Children’s Program (MDCP)
    • STAR Program Managed Care Organizations (MCOs)
      • Superior Health Plan
      • United Healthcare Community Plan
      • Molina Healthcare of Texas
      • Driscoll Children’s Health Plan
  • Long-Term Private Insurance Plans (Click Here for Insurance List)
  • Private Payment

To request more information on Pediatric Private Duty Services, please submit the form below.

* Dependent on coverage allowed by your managed care plan. Health Care Unlimited does not determine qualification of services, eligibility is based on your payer.

 
 
Pediatric Attendant Services
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What are Pediatric Attendant Services?

For pediatric patients requiring constant adult supervision, Health Care Unlimited offers Pediatric Attendant Services. Attendant Services can range from babysitting to assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing, grooming and eating. Additionally, this care can be provided by a Personal Care Attendant or a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA).

Health care professionals available through Health Care Unlimited’s Private Duty Program Include:

  • Certified Nurse Assistants (CNA)
  • Personal Care Attendants
Typical Pediatric Attendant Services provided to patients needing the following:
  • Assistance with Activities of Daily Living
  • Bedridden patient Care
  • Personal Care
  • Transferring and Ambulation
  • Light Meal Preparation
  • Light Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Light Chores
  • Grocery Shopping/Errands
  • Medication Reminders
  • Companionship
  • Reading and Conversation
  • Answering the Telephone
  • Escort to Appointments
  • Managing Mail and Bills
  • Respite Care
Pediatric Attendant Services Funding Coverage

Pediatric Attendant Services is a benefit typically covered under Medicaid Programs; Health Care Unlimited also accepts Private Payment for providing these services. Some long-term health plans may provide coverage as well. Health Care Unlimited may accept the following methods for this service:

  • Medicaid & CHIPS*
    • Personal Care Services (PCS)
    • Medically Dependent Children’s Program (MDCP)
    • STAR Program Managed Care Organizations (MCOs)
      • Superior Health Plan
      • United Healthcare Community Plan
      • Molina Healthcare of Texas
      • Driscoll Children’s Health Plan
  • Long-Term Private Insurance Plans (Click Here for Insurance List)
  • Private Payment

To request more information on Pediatric Attendant Services, please submit the form below.

* Dependent on coverage allowed by your managed care plan. Health Care Unlimited does not determine qualification of services, eligibility is based on your payer.

 
 
Payer and Insurance List

It is our belief at Health Care Unlimited, that our role in providing home care to our community spans much farther than a handful of payers. We pride ourselves in being one of the few home care agencies in South Texas that accepts a large number of payers. By accepting more payers we are closer to achieving our goal in providing quality care to as many individuals and families as possible within communities we serve.

Medicare (Advantage/PFFS/HMO)
  • Blue Cross PPS
  • Aetna PPS
  • Bravo Health Texas Inc.
  • Care Improvement Plus
  • First Health Life PPS
  • Health Net
  • Health Springs(Medicare)
  • Humana ERS
  • Humana Gold
  • Humana PFFS
  • Pyramid Life Insurance Co
  • Secure Horizon
  • Well Care
  • United Healthcare Community Plan
Medicare Traditional (Palmetto GBA)

Medicaid TMHP Traditional

Medicaid (Managed Care/Star & Star+Plus)
  • Driscoll Children's Health Plan
  • Evercare of Texas
  • Health Springs (BRAVO)
  • Molina Healthcare of Texas
  • Superior
  • United Healthcare
Private Insurance
  • AAG
  • AARP
  • Aetna
  • AIG Claims
  • American National
  • American Sentinel Insurance
  • Anthem Insurance Companies
  • Assurant Health
  • Bankers Life and Casualty
  • BCBS of Texas
  • Benefit Bakers Administration
  • Benefit Planners
  • Boon Chapmon
  • Caremark, Inc.
  • Central Reserve Life
  • ChampaVA
  • Christus Spohn Corpus Christi
  • Community Care
  • Conseco Health Insurance
  • Conventry Healthcare
  • Coram Health Care
  • Corinthian Care Group
  • Critical Care Systems
  • Extavia Support Program
  • First Health
  • Fiserv
  • Gallagher Bassett
  • GEHA
  • Gentiva
  • Goldern Rule Insurance Company
  • Group and Pension Administrators, Inc.
  • Harrington Benefit Services, Inc.
  • Health First Health Plans
  • Health Management Services
  • Healthsmart Insurance
  • Homelink
  • Humana Military
  • Humana PPO
  • JL Specialties Co
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Loyal American
  • MD Anderson Hospital
  • Mercy Health Plan
  • Meritain Health
  • MS Lifelines
  • MSC
  • Mutual of Omaha
  • Nations Health Link
  • Nueces County Health Care
  • Orion Marine Contruction
  • Pacificare
  • Paraon Infusion Care
  • Principal Financial Group
  • Principal Healthcare
  • Process One TPA
  • Proherant
  • Prudential Insurance
  • Rx Crossroads Pharmacutical
  • Sphon Employee Group
  • State Farm Insurance
  • State Mutual Insurance Comp.
  • STVHCS Audie Murphy
  • Texas Mutual Insurance
  • Texas True Choice
  • TML IEBP
  • Travelers Insurance
  • Tricare
  • Tricare for Life
  • Tricare Humana
  • United HealthCare
  • Universal Health Care, Inc.
  • Universal Health Insurance
  • UTMB Dept Care Mgmt
  • VA TX Valley Coastal Bend
  • Wasau
  • WEB TPA
  • Zurich
Choosing HCU as your Care Provider

When you select Health Care Unlimited as your care provider you benefit from:

  • Caring Staff: dedicated employees who understand your needs.
  • Stability: Built on a solid foundation of Health Care ethics for over 27 years.
  • Quality:Held the prestigious Joint Commission Accreditation for over 18 years.
  • Responsibility: HCU has a friendly environment that generously gives back to the community we care for.
  • Education Sessions for our Providers.
  • Vast Coverage: We have an HCU office or Site conveniently located near you.
  • Choice: In good standing with all Managed Care partners as well as other payers, such as: HealthSpring, Superior Health Plan, Molina Health Care, Driscoll Health Plan, Traditional Medicaid, Traditional Medicare, MDCP & CCP, Other major insurance providers, HMOs, and Advantage Plans
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