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 […]

Care To Stay Home, Senior Helpers, Assistance Home Care Among 2019’s ‘Best Workplaces’ in Aging Services

Fortune’s Best Workplaces in Aging Services list was released on Thursday, highlighting several home-based care companies that stand out in terms of company culture. Senior Helpers, 24 Hour Home Care and Compass Care are among the many non-medical home care companies to make 2019’s top workplaces list, compiled by analytics firm Great Place to Work. […]

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, […]

[Updated] Guardian Healthcare Resolves Improper Billing Allegations; Home Health Recruiter Found Guilty in Medicaid Kickback Scheme

Guardian Healthcare resolves allegations Boston-based Guardian Healthcare has entered into a financial settlement with MassHealth, the Massachusetts Medicaid program, according to Law360.  The home-based care provider — which offers home health and home care services — agreed to pay $1.95 million to resolve allegations that it submitted Medicaid claims without physician authorization that the services were […]

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 […]

Bernie Sanders: Home-Based Care Should be Guaranteed Right

So far, aging in place has mostly taken a backseat during 2019’s Democratic presidential debates and conversations surrounding Medicare-for-All models. That may be changing — and fast. On Thursday afternoon, presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders sent a message to his more than 8.5 million followers on Twitter: “No senior should have to sell their belongings or […]

Home-Based Kidney Care Company Provides Framework for In-Home Renal Treatment

A value-based kidney care company is showing what’s possible when it comes to renal treatment in the home — potentially providing a framework for home-based care providers if a variety of newly proposed payment models come to fruition. Since getting started about three-and-a-half years ago, Vienna, Virginia-based Somatus Inc. has served 3,000 patients, doing more […]