Oscar Health Taps Former Uber Executive Ahead of Medicare Advantage Rollout

Oscar Health has hired a former Uber (NYSE: UBER) executive as its new chief operating officer. Meghan Joyce, who was previously a regional general manager at Uber, will fill the position, which has been open since 2016, according to the health insurance startup backed by Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL). “Meghan possesses an […]

MA Plan Zing Health: At-Home Care Providers Are the Vanguards of Patient Care

There were more than 2,700 Medicare Advantage (MA) plans available for individual enrollment in 2019, an 18% bump compared to last year. The number of active MA plans is projected to increase even further in 2020, thanks to federal health care policymakers’ concerted efforts to broaden the program and address social determinants of health. Launched […]

Aging in Place Often Viewed as a Pipe Dream by U.S. Seniors

Aging in place is the No. 1 preference of many older adults — and it’s often made possible thanks to the services of home-based care providers. Despite the outside help of these and other health care professionals, aging in place is widely seen as a pipe dream. That’s according to a recent survey conducted by […]

Dignity Health Director: Home Health Providers Must Think Strategically in MA Contract Talks

As Medicare Advantage (MA) continues to expand rapidly, home health providers will need to develop strategic plans in order to secure successful contracts with plans. “One of the very important pieces here is determining your strategy and learning about your markets,” Paul Giles, director of home health finance and business operations at Dignity Health, said […]

Uber Health Eyes Meal Delivery, Caregiver-Driving Partnerships

When ride-hailing companies first came on the scene nearly 10 years ago, they were rarely — if ever — associated with health care. But today, both industry giants Uber (NYSE: UBER) and Lyft (Nasdaq: LYFT) have growing health care divisions that are frequent partners of home-based care providers. In our latest episode of Disrupt, Home […]

Home Care Driving Medicare Advantage Plan Growth

With 2020 just a few months away, Medicare Advantage (MA) plans are popping up left and right. Home care benefits continue to be a driving force behind the growth. In the past week alone, the 2020 market gained at least two new MA plans. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maine and MaineHealth announced […]

BrightStar Care CTO: MA Plans Want Home Care Partners with Track Records

Partly due to a lack of funds and existing data, Medicare Advantage (MA) plans have been slow to roll out home care-focused supplemental benefits now allowed under Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) guidelines. Even so, many home care companies hoping to become MA partners have launched targeted campaigns to win plans’ attention. Among […]

Money, Data and Backup Plans: Why In-Home Medicare Advantage Benefits Are Rolling Out Slowly

Despite Medicare Advantage (MA) plans being recently allowed to cover a wide variety of in-home services and supports, insurers have been slow to roll out new supplemental benefits. In 2019, only 3% of Medicare Advantage plans offered in-home care services, according to AARP. Some think the tides will turn in 2020 — but even then, […]

Better Medicare Alliance CEO: Integrating Home Care into Medicare Advantage Easier Said Than Done

For more than a year now, home care has taken center stage in the discussion surrounding Medicare Advantage (MA). Things were no different at last month’s MA Summit, hosted by the Better Medicare Alliance (BMA) in Washington, D.C. There, health care leaders from a variety of sectors and legislators from both sides of the aisle […]

Medicare Expansion Would Have Limited Impact on Home Health Providers

More than half of large employers in the U.S. are in favor of expanding Medicare to Americans under 65 — a change that, if implemented, could give government-reimbursed home-based care providers access to more patients. That’s according to a study from the National Business Group on Health, first covered in Forbes. The survey included responses […]