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    Coronavirus and Home Care: Now More Than Ever

    Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, by mid-March 2020, most hospitals in the US were restricting entry and allowing access only through an extra layer of triage at their emergency rooms. Many institutions sternly warned people to stay away unless there was a true emergency. Hospitals, doctor’s offices, and civic organizations asked individuals to check on the well-being of chronically ill and elderly family and neighbors.

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    Medicaid Block Grants

    In November 2019, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) withdrew guidelines directing states regarding how to implement Medicaid block grants and per capita cap programs. The political wrangling over the plan has obscured the details of the current administration’s Medicaid block grant proposal in general, and Tennessee’s plans in particular. To understand block grants, one needs to understand Medicaid’s current funding structure.

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    Concierge Care vs. Direct Care: The Differences Matter

    As a result of managed care, patients missed the close relationships they previously had with their doctors. Many felt that office visits were too short and that their doctors were too busy with documentation. From this dissatisfaction grew two new models of care: concierge care and direct care. There are similarities between the two, but important differences as well.

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    PDGM/PDPM Payment Models: The Impact on Home Health

    Described as the biggest Medicare reimbursement overhaul in 20 years, the recent changes to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid’s (CMS) payment models have caused a lot of buzz. The reason for all the hype is the transition towards a more value-based system and away from the fee-for-service status quo. The intent behind these administrative changes, commonly known as the Patient-Driven Payments Model (PDPM) for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) for home health care, is to improve the quality of patient care, promote the overall health and wellbeing of the Medicare Advantage population, and lower healthcare costs.

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    Medicare Advantage Plans and Home Care in 2020

    MA plans are an alternative to traditional Medicare, encompassing inpatient, outpatient, and prescription drug benefits. In 2018, CMS announced that MA plans would expand to cover home-based services as well. The new plans include several new services that are available to millions of MA plan members. Since their introduction in 2010, MA plans have become increasingly popular among Medicare recipients, and the additions planned for 2020 will likely add to this enthusiasm.

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