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CMS Officially Adds Non-Skilled In-Home Care as Medicare Advantage Benefit

From https://homehealthcarenews.com/2018/04/cms-officially-adds-non-skilled-in-home-care-as-medicare-advantage-benefit/

NOTE from Assisted Living Navigator:  This is very early days and there is much more to story and process of adding personal care to Medicare Advantage plans.  This story will evolve over time – stay tuned and informed.

Non-skilled in-home care services will be allowed as a supplemental benefit for Medicare Advantage (MA) plans in 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in a final rule issued Monday.

The benefit marks the first time CMS has allowed supplemental benefits that include daily maintenance in Medicare Advantage.

“CMS is expanding the definition of ‘primarily health related,” the agency stated in its announcement. “Under the new definition, the agency will allow supplemental benefits if they compensate for physical impairments, diminish the impact of injuries or health conditions, and/or reduce avoidable emergency room utilization.”

The rule was originally proposed in February and was met with enthusiasm  from the home health and private duty home care industries. Home health care providers have already made great strides as partners in MA contracts, and adding non-skilled services opens the door to the growing MA population even further.

In 2015, 35% of Medicare beneficiaries were participants in MA, according to CMS data. And that figure is expected to grow quickly over the next several years.

Protect Yourself from Charity Scams

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While we may be heading into cooler weather and the beginning of the Holidays, it is also time for an increase in deceptive “charity” scams.

Be prepared, be aware!

From :  http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Consumer-Services/Consumer-E-Newsletter 

“Charity scammers use deception to steal money from people who believe they are donating to legitimate causes. They siphon money away from those in need and use it to line their own pockets. Scam artists often play on donors’ sympathy and take advantage of their generosity.

Here are a few tips for choosing a worthy charity and giving wisely.

  • Ask questions, such as:
    • “Who is the fundraiser and who will benefit from the donation?”;
    • “How much of the contribution goes to the charity mentioned in the request”; and
    • “How much of the donation goes toward administrative and fundraising expenses?”
  • Check if the charitable organization is registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services by visiting FloridaConsumerHelp.com.
  • Never give cash. Contribute by check and make it out to the organization.
  • If you decide to donate online, look for indicators that the website is secure, such as a web address that begins with “https:” (the “s” stands for secure).
  • Be aware that many telephone appeals for funds are made by paid solicitors, not volunteers. The solicitors often work for a for-profit firm hired by the charitable organization. Telemarketing is expensive and may entail substantial fundraising costs.
  • Some organizations have 900 phone numbers. When you call the number, the cost of the call is automatically billed to your phone. Before dialing, make sure you wish to donate the price of the call to that cause.
  • Always obtain and save a printed copy of your donation or a receipt showing the amount of the contribution.
  • Not all organizations soliciting in the name of benevolence are true charities eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions. If this is important to you, ask about the organization’s federal and state eligibility for receiving tax-deductible donations. Typically, such donations fall under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3).

To file a complaint about a charity, use the FDACS on-line form or call 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352).”

Hunger is closer than you think…

From the sister blog, Fire & Heart

Fire & Heart: Enterprising Individuals with Compassion

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Help Cancel Hunger in the Community!

At Always Best Care we’re happy to be a part of the solution by supporting an easy-to-use, on-line food drive to help our friends at the St. Vincent de Paul conference at St Paul Catholic Church in Tampa, FL.

Please consider helping us reach our goal with your thoughtful, and greatly appreciated, food donation at https://yougivegoods.com/abc-tampa.  Items start at just $4.99 and range up to $25.

Thanks!    Every little bit helps put food on the tables of those in need.

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