CMS Green Lights Payments for Homebound Patients’ COVID-19 Vaccinations

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has authorized an additional $35 payment to incentivize health care providers to bring COVID-19 vaccines to patients who cannot easily leave their homes, including many hospice patients. This amount is in addition to the approximately $40 payment that Medicare currently pays for administration of a vaccine […]

SCAN Health Plan, MedArrive Bring COVID Vaccines to Homebound Patients

Nonprofit Medicare Advantage payer SCAN Health Plan has launched an initiative to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to homebound members in partnership with the health care logistics company MedArrive. The organization began the program in Los Angeles County, Calif., and quickly expanded to Orange County in that state with near-term plans to spread into more regions. SCAN […]

Diversity Initiatives a Rising Priority for Hospices

Race continues to represent one of the largest barriers to hospice and palliative care. Hospice and palliative care providers are honing in on equity and inclusion, seeking to foster diversity among patients and staff alike. The United States population has grown more racially and ethnically diverse as it ages, according to a U.S. Census Bureau […]

Diversity Initiatives, COVID-19 Vaccines Top 2021 Hospice Concerns

COVID-19 vaccinations and diversity initiatives will be among the top priorities for hospice providers during 2021, according to an Axxess survey of home-based care providers. About 22% of the thousands of respondents were hospices. Dallas-based Axxess is a technology provider to more than 7,000 home health, home care and hospice organizations serving upwards of 2 […]

Hospice Leaders’ 2021 Predictions: Industry Change is Accelerating

In the midst of sweeping industry-wide change, hospices are still contending with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that has affected almost every aspect of their businesses. As this difficult year comes to a close, hospice leaders are looking ahead to 2021 with their minds on leveraging the expansion of telehealth, encouraging equitable access to care, industry […]

SCAN Group Intensifies Focus on Diversity, Health Care Equity

SCAN Group, parent company of SCAN Health Plan, is going all-in on promoting diversity among its patient population and staff. The company has created a new executive position to focus on those issues, tapping Timshel Tarbet as its new vice president of business excellence and diversity strategy. Diversity and equitable access to care has been […]

Election 2020: The Stakes for Hospice, Palliative Care

With the election looming, both Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic Candidate Joe Biden have taken positions that could reshape Medicare for the foreseeable future. From the conservative camp’s calls to repeal the Affordable Care Act to Biden’s proposal to lower the eligibility age, the outcome of the election could change some of the ways […]

SCAN Health Plan CEO: Hospice Should Focus on Quality to Succeed in MA 

Hospices need to take a sharp look at their quality indicators to successfully work with Medicare Advantage Plans. Efforts to boost Hospice Compare star ratings and patient and family satisfaction scores will be essential when the hospice demonstration of the value-based insurance design model begins in 2021, often referred to as the Medicare Advantage hospice […]

Former CareMore CEO Sachin Jain to Lead SCAN Health Plan

Sachin Jain, M.D., will be taking the helm of SCAN Health Plan, a nonprofit Medicare Advantage plan, as the company’s president and CEO. Jain in April stepped down as CEO of Aspire Health and CareMore Health, both subsidiaries of Anthem (NYSE: ANTM). At SCAN, Jain will be leading a $2.4 billion organization that covers more […]