The Medicare open enrollment for the 2019 plan year is October 15 through December 7th, 2018. For the first time we may see additional home care benefits offered by Medicare Advantage (MA) Plans. Two (2) recent pieces of legislation led to CMS’ recent approval of expanded MA benefits that can include private duty personal home care in 2019 and palliative care in 2020. These services represent a real opportunity for accredited private duty organizations to pursue contracted Network provider status, as well as palliative care services that earn CHAP certification in 2019.
A review of some basics about MA plans and CMS oversight illustrate the importance of these changes, and how these opportunities may present themselves to providers. Click below on the link to read CHAP’s White paper