Blog Post, | Mar 13, 2019

Home-Based Palliative Care Programs Follow Needs and Growth of Medicare Advantage Plans

Of the 20 million Americans enrolled in Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, well over one-third can be categorized as “high need” — meaning they have a serious or advanced illness that interferes with their ability to lead independent lives. These individuals are more likely to have limited financial means, low levels of education and social isolation, […]

Blog Post, | Jan 11, 2019

How are Provider Organizations Adopting Specialized Palliative Care to Effectively Manage a Serious or Advanced Illness

Statistics just released in September 2018 from the U.S. Census Bureau sound an alarm for provider organizations that are challenged to take on the dual role of caring for seniors and functioning like health plans and other payers, such as health systems, provider risk-bearing entities, Medicare Advantage plans, Medicaid and dual eligible plans, managed long […]

Blog Post, | Dec 17, 2018

Addressing Social Isolation and Loneliness Through Community-based Palliative Care

Once simply considered social dilemmas, loneliness and isolation are finally getting the attention they deserve from public and private sectors that recognize their impact on individual health and well-being. While people of all age groups can experience this lack of connectivity, it is particularly troublesome for seniors, especially those who are experiencing a serious or […]

Blog Post, | Dec 03, 2018

Creating the Buzz Around Supplemental Benefits

Turn-Key’s expert AHIP Panel initiated some thought-provoking discussion about non-medical supplemental benefits coverage, igniting a reporter from Modern Healthcare who was in the audience to publish a follow-up article. Clearly, when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) loosened reimbursement limitations on home healthcare and home-based palliative care, these issues became high-profile areas for […]

Blog Post, | Nov 20, 2018

Join Us in Paying Tribute to Family Caregivers

People who are experiencing a serious or advanced illness depend upon the love, dedication and extraordinary personal care provided by family members. This is a time to honor these caregivers and to also recognize the value of hospice and palliative care for helping these patients and their families. November 2018 marks National Family Caregivers Month […]

Blog Post, | Oct 10, 2018

Medicare Advantage Supplemental Benefits Coverage and Palliative Care Take Center Stage at Upcoming AHIP Expert Panel

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has finalized guidance and policies for the Medicare Advantage (MA) program that will expand the supplemental benefits afforded to beneficiaries to include items and services that address certain social determinants of health (SDOH). Supplemental benefits will include additional services that increase health and improve quality of life, including […]

Blog Post, | Oct 01, 2018

Social Determinants of Health: Shaping Patient Health from the Ground Up

Social determinants of health (SDoH) include a combination of genetic, environmental, economic, political, and social factors, as well as access to health care. Evidence shows that stress negatively affects health across the lifespan and that environmental influences may have multi-generational impacts. Addressing SDoH is essential to reducing health disparities that are often rooted in social and economic disadvantages. […]

Blog Post, | Aug 23, 2018

Home-based Palliative Care: A Value-Based Strategy that Supports ACOs in MSSP “Pathways to Success”

The challenge from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) is very specific: take on more risk going forward and get serious about delivering value. Some say these changes under a new federal program called “Pathways to Success” may upend the entire ACO movement, with estimates that it could […]

Blog Post, | Aug 17, 2018

Palliative Care & Cancer Pain Awareness Month

People who are diagnosed with cancer, as well as their loved ones, often feel overwhelmed by thoughts of prognosis, treatments, and potential complications. They wonder how cancer will alter quality of life, and fear potential pain and other symptoms that may arise. Dealing with all of these concerns requires a team effort and support from […]

Blog Post, | Aug 08, 2018

Redefining Supplemental Benefits for Seriously Ill Patients

New Medicare Advantage Policies Are More Flexible Medicare Advantage (MA) is moving into new terrain with its ability to customize care for the needs of patients with an advanced or serious illness. For the first time, recent regulatory and legislative policy changes to MA will give plans more flexibility around matching and reimbursing for services […]

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