Home Health Care News June 24, 2021
Social isolation is a significant detriment to health and has become a prime area of focus for most Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. As home care providers increasingly seek out MA opportunities, they’re poised to help mitigate America’s senior loneliness epidemic.
Throughout 2020, the COVID-19 emergency has placed a spotlight on the unique ways that seniors are especially susceptible.
Specifically, social isolation impacts roughly 43% of people 65 and older on a regular basis, Robin Caruso, coordinator of Anthem Inc.’s (NYSE: ANTM) Member Connect program, said during the Home Health Care News Medicare Advantage for Home Care Virtual Summit.
“There’s the one statistic, that it’s like smoking 15 cigarettes a day. … [Social isolation] increases your mortality rate by 45%,” Caruso...