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Aetna Medicare CMO Outlines Aging-in-Place Agenda

America’s biggest health care companies continue to focus on home-based care and aging in place as 2022 approaches. That includes CVS Health Corporation (NYSE: CVS) subsidiary Aetna. Among its home- and community-based care initiatives, Aetna is doubling down on the use of telehealth and leaning into the CVS HealthHUB network, which offers seniors a range …

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The 4 Forces Shaping Home Health Care in 2022

Home health operators each year have to adapt on a number of different fronts, from relatively minor coding updates to major payment adjustments. But in addition to the more run-of-the-mill items, providers occasionally have to navigate macro-level forces that literally change the industry itself. At least four such forces will redefine home health care in …

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Patient registration: Expert Q&A on what to expect next

Traditionally, patient registration involves a stack of papers to be filled out in the waiting room. But what if contact information, demographic details, referral sources, health history, insurance coverage and even payments could all be recorded/addressed before the patient sets foot in the provider’s office? The pandemic forced the adoption of new ways for providers …

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‘Hope for the Best, Plan for the Worst’: How Providers Should Plan Around the CMS Mandate Freeze

The initial health care worker vaccine mandate laid out by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) was a cause for confusion for some home health providers when it was announced officially in early November. Now that a nationwide injunction has been issued by a federal judge with key deadlines rapidly approaching, that confusion …

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THCB Gang Episode 73, Dec 2 1pm PT – 4pm ET

#THCBGang is back from its Turkey day snooze! Joining Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) at 1pm PT 4pm ET Thursday for an hour of topical and sometime combative conversation on what’s happening in health care and beyond will be patient activist, author & entrepreneur Robin Farmanfarmaian (@Robinff3);  Queen of all employer benefits related issues Jennifer Benz (@Jenbenz); medical …

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Providers, Policymakers Lean on Training-and-Apprenticeship Programs to Beef Up Home-Based Care Workforce

As workforce challenges continue to plague the home-based care industry, providers and policymakers are leaning on training and apprenticeship programs to help close the gap. In September, City College of San Francisco (CCSF), UC San Francisco (UCSF) and Homebridge, a San Francisco-based in-home care organization, teamed up on such an initiative. Together, the three organizations …

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What does the connected generation (Gen C) expect from providers?

As the digital healthcare revolution takes hold, do assumptions about a generation gap still hold true? Do Millennials and Gen Z have different expectations of healthcare providers compared to Baby Boomers and Gen X? In today’s hyper-connected world, the differences are a matter of degree. We’re all Gen C now. Futurist Brian Solis coined the …

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‘Aging in the Right Place’: Housing Becoming Key Pillar for Home-Based Care Providers

After President Joe Biden announced Thursday a new, six-pronged approach to his administration’s COVID-19 strategy that requires most home health workers to be vaccinated against the virus, many questions and concerns remain. More clarity is likely to come to light as specific agencies deal with the next steps following the mandate’s release, like the Department …

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