TruPharmacy News: June Edition

Senior Life: The Truth About Hospice Care

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The first modern hospice care was created in 1967 by Cicely Saunders, a registered nurse whose chronic health problems led her to pursue a career in medical social work. Cicely had developed a relationship with a dying Polish refugee, which helped her solidify the idea that terminally ill patients needed compassionate care to help address their fears and concerns, as well as palliative comfort for physical symptoms.

Hospice is the only Medicare benefit that includes and provides medicine and medical equipment, support for loved ones following death, and 24 hours a day, seven days a week access to care.





HHCN Research: 90% of Home Care Providers Anticipate Medicare Advantage Business in 2020


When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it would allow Medicare Advantage (MA) plans to cover certain non-medical home care services in 2019, interest was tepid, with only 3% of plans actually covering those benefits.

So it is no surprise that a subsequent expansion for 2020 brought questions about just how much of an impact additional changes will have.

But according to new data from a Home Health Care News survey of 105 providers of at-home services and supports, the impact will be significant: 90% of respondents anticipate contracting with an MA plan for the 2020 plan year, compared to only 59% of respondents that are currently contracted with an MA plan.