Press Release | October 10, 2018

Turn-Key Health Hosts AHIP Panel, October 16, 2018: Highlights CMS Expansion of Medicare Advantage Supplemental Benefits Coverage

 PHILADELPHIA – October 10, 2018 – Turn-Key Health (TKH), an Enclara Healthcare company, serving health plans, provider organizations and their members who experience a serious or advanced illness, will host the panel Join the Momentum: CMS Changes Expand Opportunities to Improve Care for Seriously Ill Beneficiaries, October 16, 2018, 7:45-8:30 a.m.

Moderated by Greer Myers, president, Turn-Key Health, the presentation includes prominent thought-leaders: Randall S. Krakauer, MD, MBA, former national medical director, Medicare Aetna and TKH strategic advisor;  Andrew MacPherson, principal at Healthsperien, senior policy advisor, Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (CTAC); and David Sand, MD, MBA, chief medical officer, Care N’ Care Health Plan.

Join the nation’s leading experts at AHIP’s 2018 National Conferences on Medicare, Medicaid and Duals, October 14-18, 2018, Washington, D.C. Registration still open.

Myers says, “This timely and relevant discussion will explore the past and present efforts by Medicare Advantage plans to improve quality of life for those members suffering from a serious or advanced illness. The panel will also discuss the history, current and future state of regulatory and legislative efforts to improve quality within this fragile population.”

Attendees will hear the practical lessons learned during implementation of palliative solutions, as well as innovative approaches to engage advanced and seriously ill populations. Participants will also gain important insight into leveraging the reinterpreted scope of primarily health related supplemental benefits for Medicare Advantage as it relates to the provision of palliative care.

“We are very encouraged by the changes made to Medicare Advantage supplemental benefits for 2019,” continues Myers. “In particular, the specific mention of palliative care being delivered by nurses and social workers, traditionally not reimbursed by Medicare, serves as acknowledgement of the value these clinicians deliver to improve quality within serious and advanced ill populations.”

Community-based palliative care has historically relied on physicians, supervised nurse practitioners and physician assistants for the provision of palliative care.

“Enabling nurses and social workers to participate in the delivery of palliative care functionally increases the reach and frequency of contact with patients and their caregivers, making the interventions more effective in both cost and impact,” he continues.  “This is the next evolution in creating a palliative medical home model. The keys to maximizing the benefit of this new model are earlier identification of appropriate patients using predictive analytics / AI, systematic engagement of patients using scientifically validated approaches and longitudinal tracking of patient and caregiver quality of life improvement.”

About Turn-Key Health
Turn-Key Health, an Enclara Healthcare company, serves health plans, provider organizations and their members who are experiencing a serious or advanced illness. Its Palliative Illness Management™ (PIM™) model introduces a new, innovative option to improve care quality, address costs and reduce burdens associated with life-limiting illnesses.

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