Home Health Care News October 12, 2020
Robert Holly

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) last month released new Medicare Advantage (MA) figures highlighting a massive expansion of plans offering home-focused supplemental benefits in 2021.

The agency shared additional data on Wednesday — and it now appears the ongoing home care MA movement is even bigger than originally anticipated.

“These benefit offerings are growing,” Tyler Cromer, a principal at Washington, D.C.-based research and advisory firm ATI Advisory, told Home Health Care News. “And they’re growing substantially.”

CMS’s Medicare Advantage preview from September revealed that 738 plans are offering supplemental benefits under the “primarily health-related” pathway in 2021, a 46% increase compared to the nearly 500 plans that did so in 2020.

The preview similarly showed that...

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