Addus, Other Home Care Providers Form Lobbying Group

Addus HomeCare (Nasdaq: ADUS) and other national home care provider organizations have established a new coalition intended to advance the integrity and delivery of cost-effective, high-quality Medicaid home-based care.

The Partnership for Medicaid Home-Based Care was created to address changing dynamics in the delivery of Medicaid home-based care, such as a dramatic increase in beneficiaries through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the shift to managed long term services and supports (MLTSS), and the implementation of demonstration programs that merge care management and funding of dually eligible Medicare-Medicaid beneficiaries.

The group is planning to lobby federal policymakers regarding the delivery of home-based care. The companies are aiming to influence the creation of Medicaid policies during a time of transition in the program.

Addus HomeCare’s earnings suggest why these companies have banded together to have a greater voice as Medicaid managed care grows. Addus’ managed care revenues have dramatically increased since 2013. Managed care accounted for 15.4% of Addus’ revenue in the fourth quarter of 2014, compared with 1% of its revenue for all of 2013.

“The new Medicaid Partnership is an opportunity for Medicaid home-based providers to take action on policy issues impacting our consumers and the high quality care delivered to Medicaid beneficiaries daily,” said David Totaro, Medicaid Partnership Director and Chief Marketing and Government Affairs Officer of BAYADA Home Health, in a prepared statement. “Through the Medicaid Partnership, we look forward to working with Congress, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, other federal agencies and the full spectrum of stakeholders to elevate and address the policy issues most impacting our consumers and the home-based services they depend upon.”

Addus HomeCare, AccentCare, Caring Associates, BAYADA Home Health Care, Home Care by Black Stone, Council for State Home Care Associations, Molina Healthcare, Interim HealthCare, VNA Health Group, ResCare and Sutter Care at Home are among the founding members of the coalition.

Written by Mary Kate Nelson