Articles by Sarah Elliott

  • Medicare Advantage and Hospice Care

    In January 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an expansion of its “value-based insurance design” (VBID) model for Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. With the industry moving away from fee-for-service models and towards fee-for-value arrangements, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has advocated for the addition of carved-in hospice benefits to Medicare Advantage plans, including a test of this offering, starting in 2021.

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  • Recapping HLTH’s “Create Health’s Future” 2019 Conference

    HLTH, one of the industry’s largest health innovation events, held its second annual conference, “Create Health’s Future,” featuring more than 6,000 attendees, 300 speakers, and 950 high profile CEOs and founders including CareCentrix CEO, John Driscoll. The digitally focused summit attracted some of the biggest players in health and tech and provided a forum to address healthcare’s highest-priority issues. As the conference title suggests, the dominant theme centered on revolutionizing the future of healthcare across the United States.

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  • Staffing Shortage in Home Health Industry: Workforce Crisis in Years to Come

    Within the home health space, many of the current open home health employment opportunities involve very labor-intensive work for little pay, which trend analysts forecast could result in detrimental staffing shortages.

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  • IV for infusion therapy treatment

    Home Infusion Services Proposal Would Boost Access

    On July 11, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a rule change that would potentially alter the manner in which home infusion services are provided and reimbursed. The new proposal may affect many segments within the home health industry, one of which will be home infusion therapy. In order to understand why this could be a game changer, it’s helpful to take a look at the history surrounding this niche product and its services.

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  • The Democratic Presidential Debates and Healthcare

    The 2020 Democratic presidential campaign kicked off strong with back-to-back political debates in Miami, Florida. It was the topic of healthcare that dominated the post-debate analysis. More specifically, it was the expansion of single-payer coverage or “Medicare-for-All” that became the hot button issue of the debate. 

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