independent healthcare provider An NHS term for a healthcare services provider (a term which, as used in the UK, refers to an organisation, not an individual healthcare professional) that operates independently of the NHS.
Today, Independent Health is recognized as an innovative health care plan with more than 1,100 associates serving nearly 380,000 members. “We are unwavering in our commitment to provide Western New York with outstanding health coverage and service.
Such organisations may provide health services purchased by private individuals, by health insurers, by local authorities and by the NHS itself. Such providers may belong to a recognised professional or trade organisation, such as the Scottish Independent Hospitals Association. Segen\'s Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc.
The types of services which can be authorized through IHSS are housecleaning, meal preparation, laundry, grocery shopping, personal care services (such as bowel and bladder care, bathing, grooming and paramedical services), accompaniment to medical appointments, and protective supervision for the mentally impaired.