New CMS Data Highlights ‘Massive’ Expansion of Home Care-Related Medicare Advantage Benefits

Home Health Care News, Robert Holly The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a treasure trove of new Medicare Advantage (MA) statistics late Thursday. While the new numbers flag a general rise in MA enrollment and drop in premiums, they also reveal a massive expansion of the supplemental benefit programs that have gotten home care operators so excited over the past few years. “The increase in the number of plans that are offering these additional types of supplemental benefits is exciting,” ATI Advisory CEO Anne Tumlinson told Home Health Care News. “It’s creating a really good marketplace for beneficiaries. Not only are their prices for enrolling lower than they have been

Changes in Hiring Habits in Home Care?

Job seekers have long had the upper hand when it comes to hiring in the home health and home care markets. But that’s quickly changing, new data suggests. For years, both home health and home care agencies have struggled to hire enough workers to meet demand for their services, which continues to skyrocket as America’s population ages. In the past, the difficult, often low-wage work has also prompted in-home care professionals to hop around from one agency to the next, constantly hunting for better pay, benefits and overall circumstances. To complicate matters further, home health and home care agencies have increasingly had to battle non-health care employers on the hiring front, particular

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