At Least 2.5 Million Home Health Patients Using Medical Equipment Vulnerable to Natural Disasters

With Hurricane Barry making landfall in Louisiana earlier this week, severe weather season is officially upon us.  While no deaths have yet been reported yet as a result of the storm as of Tuesday, natural disasters such as hurricanes, fires and tornadoes present life-threatening risks for home-based care recipients nationwide, especially those who depend on […]

Home Care Providers Lifted by First-of-Its-Kind Medicaid Reimbursement Bump

The financial well-being of home- and community-based care providers often depends on Medicaid reimbursement, which has stagnated throughout much of the country in recent years. One state is trying to rebalance the equation with a first-of-its-kind annual inflation increase for all Medicaid home care and hospice direct fee-for-service rates. Last June, the Rhode Island General […]

Lyft Gets Medicaid Certification in Quest to Address Social Determinants of Health

Medicaid beneficiaries in one state can now use Lyft (Nasdaq: LYFT) as a covered transportation option to get to and from medical appointments.  The San Francisco-based ride-hailing company announced Wednesday that it has become a certified Medicaid provider in Arizona, where it aims to help address social determinants of health by reducing missed doctor’s visits […]

Dual-Eligible Medicare Advantage Beneficiaries Have Greatest Social Determinants of Health Needs

Addressing social determinants of health is especially important for Medicare Advantage (MA) beneficiaries, as they are increasingly affected by a lack of services targeting those needs, which include access to and quality of housing, food and transportation, among other socio-economic factors. That’s according to a recent report from Avalere Health, a Washington, D.C.-based health care […]

States Sue Trump Administration Over Home Care Worker Union Dues

At least five states are suing the Trump administration over a recently finalized rule they say would prevent home health workers paid by Medicaid from having their union dues automatically removed from their paychecks, according to Reuters. States involved in the lawsuit include California, Washington, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Oregon. The states claim the rule weakens […]