Seniors Aren’t Getting Enough Financial Support To Afford Home-Based Care

Though the vast majority of seniors are living in their communities, as opposed to assisted living or nursing homes, only a third of these individuals are receiving financial support or assistance from Medicaid to pay for home- and community-based services. That’s one takeaway from a recent Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) webinar. Seniors that aren’t getting […]

More Clarity Emerges Around HCBS Waiting Lists

Waiting lists for home- and community-based services have long been a topic of discussion, despite the lack of clarity around them. It turns out they have included 700,000 people in most years since 2016, according to a new data analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF). When changes in numbers have occurred over the years, […]

Why Medicaid Could Be The Answer To Scaling Hospital At Home

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Acute Hospital Care at Home waiver was a major boost for organizations hoping to implement or expand hospital-at-home programs. As of Nov. 21 2023, 305 hospitals and 129 health systems in 37 states have been approved to provide hospital-at-home care under the CMS waiver program.   Still, […]

End Of Pandemic-Era Policies Could Hit HCBS Utilization Hard

The end of certain pandemic-era policies could have dire effects on family caregivers and home- and community-based services (HCBS) enrollees. Family caregivers played a key role in supporting the estimated 4 million people who utilized Medicaid-based HCBS during the pandemic. Several states used pandemic-era authorities to pay family caregivers in order to maintain services when […]

Honor Expands Its Executive Leadership Team; New Executive Director Joins MedPAC

Honor make four new additions to its leadership team Four new executives recently joined Honor’s leadership team. The new additions to the team include: Linn Free, who was named senior vice president of operations; Stefan Haney, who was named senior vice president of growth technology; Mark Privett, who was named vice president of design; and […]

Why A Fee-For-Service Payment Structure Could Be Holding HCBS Back

Home- and community-based services’ (HCBS) fee-for-service (FFS) payment structure could be having adverse effects on beneficiaries. That’s according to a new report published in Health Affairs, which suggests that too much in-home care could be a detriment to a beneficiaries’ independence and long-term outlooks. Unlike value-based payment models, FFS can prioritize quantity over quality. The […]

Report: HCBS Utilization Remains High, But Varies Drastically By State

A new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation shines further light on how popular home- and community-based services (HCBS) are in the U.S. It also makes clear how much cheaper HCBS delivery is for states in comparison to institutional-based care.  In 2020, Medicaid programs spent an average of $36,275 per individual on HCBS. They spent […]

Home-Based Care Providers Break Down ‘Unintended Consequences’ Of CMS’ Proposed Medicaid Rule

A proposed rule from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) – which would require at least 80% of Medicaid reimbursement for home- and community-based services go toward worker compensation – received over 2,100 submissions during its public comment period. Many of the comments included gratitude and appreciation for CMS regarding its efforts […]