5005 – Non-Medical Homecare’s Increasing Role in Healthcare and How It’s Accessed/Funded
Non-medical, personal care services that assist with activities of daily living are often a need of our elderly population to transition home or remain independent at home. These services are often provided by a family member, friend, private caregiver, or homecare agency caregiver. Historically non-medical services are not covered by healthcare insurance and the recipient of care and/or family member pay out of pocket. The self-pay model has limited the ability of millions across the nation to receive the care they need to live independently at home. The inability to access non-medical homecare leads to acute care episodes and many older adults to be placed in a residential community or long-term facility, often funded by Medicaid at the expense of tax-payers. This session will share how groups like the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Veterans Affairs, hospitals, community based organizations, insurance payers, and other funding sources are increasing the funding of non-medical in-home care and improving access, preventing more costly utilization of healthcare services and helping older adults age in place. Examples of data and outcomes to be discussed:
31 States Have Medicaid Funded Personal Care Services, often as an alternative to nursing home placement
$17 Billion is Spent on Preventable Readmissions- many of the reasons for preventable readmissions are solved with the help of a caregiver
$70/day is available to support working Hawaiians that are also providing unpaid care for a loved one
41% decline in emergency department visits for older adults with a caregiver vs. those without
1. Explain why non-medical homecare is being utilized and funded by healthcare organizations, health plans, community based organizations, and government entities.
2. Name different funding sources for in-home care.
3. Support patients/families of all income levels of how to access in-home care.