Medicare Advantage Beneficiaries Eagerly Await New Home Care Coverage

More than half of all Medicare Advantage (MA) members want their plans to cover assistance at home, according to a new survey. But despite new rules allowing it, the majority of beneficiaries will have to wait until 2020 or later for their plan to have that option. Fifty-seven percent of members surveyed by HealthMine Medicare […]

Age-Friendly States Movement Gains Steam

New York, Massachusetts and Colorado are pioneering what could become a new trend: age-friendly states. All three received age-friendly state designations from AARP within the past year. The movement could be good news for home care providers, if it means that states invest more in systems and infrastructure to enable aging in place and community-based […]

Online Home Care Network CareLinx Lands ‘Massive’ AARP Partnership

CareLinx has landed a new AARP partnership with “massive” business upside, according to Sherwin Sheik, the online home care network’s CEO. Founded in 2011, San Francisco-based CareLinx connects individuals across the country in need of home care services to its pool of more than 300,000 vetted, licensed and technology-enabled caregivers. The company — purchased in […]

How Family Members Can Become MVPs on Home Health Care Teams

Family caregivers can be a vital part of an overall home health care strategy, especially as more baby boomers begin to age and the in-home care industry continues to deal with labor shortages. Already, some acute care providers are engaging more with patients’ family members to help educate them about follow-up care in the home, […]

WSJ: As America’s Unpaid Caregiver Network Shrinks, Challenges Add Up

When a professional home health agency isn’t an option, family and other unpaid caregivers are often asked to pick up the slack. It’s estimated that more than 34 million people in the United States provide unpaid care to individuals 50 and older. The economic impact of those services is far from trivial. Indeed, unpaid caregivers—largely […]

Rumored Amazon Pilot Would Target Hospital-to-Home Transitions

Two health systems are reportedly working with Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) and a startup called Xealth, with plans to launch a pilot program that could ease patients’ transition between hospital and home. “The idea behind the pilot, which is still under review and is slated to start in a matter of months, is to provide patients […]

Home Care Patients Are Likely Down with Dope

More in-home care patients are probably lighting up and utilizing cannabis, as the number of older Americans that believe medical marijuana is effective for pain relief, appetite loss and anxiety has risen. Four out of five respondents between the age of 50 and 80 said they support allowing medical marijuana if it’s recommended by a […]

Bill to Boost Home Health Over Nursing Homes Fails in Louisiana

A bill in Louisiana that would have shifted more patients toward home health care services has failed, The Advocate reported. The state’s Senate Health and Welfare committee rejected legislation that would have lifted some of the cost burden off institutional care in the state toward more access to in-home care services. Compared to most other […]