Home- and Community-Based Care Takes Center Stage in 2020 Medicare Advantage Plan Designs

From national plans such as Humana and Cigna to smaller regional ones like SCAN Health Plan, a large number of Medicare Advantage (MA) plans are set to expand their home- and community-based supplemental benefit offerings in 2020. While details remain somewhat sparse, plans officially began announcing their 2020 offerings Monday, ahead of the upcoming annual […]

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 […]

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 […]

Home Modification Gains Steam in Competitive Home Care Market

About 76% of those 50 and older want to live in their homes as long as possible, according to a 2018 AARP survey. But the current U.S. housing industry isn’t set up for that to happen. As such, home modification among seniors is becoming increasingly popular — and of growing importance to home-based care providers […]

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, […]