“Reimbursement limitations on home healthcare are being loosened,” by Shelby Livingston, Modern HealthCare
“Home healthcare programs similar to Blue Shield’s are proliferating as health plans and at-risk providers look for ways to keep patients out of the hospital or from returning after being discharged. As healthcare costs squeeze patient wallets and company bottom lines, insurers have focused on the savings to be reaped by caring for patients at home. And by removing some benefit restrictions, Medicare is making it easier for those health plans to do so.”
LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform):
More Medicare home care may mean less LTCI demand without commensurate benefits.