According to a recent report by California HealthLine, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have permitted Medicare Advantage providers to offer “air conditioners for people with asthma, healthy groceries, rides to medical appointments and home-delivered meals.” CMS is allowing insurers to offer these services through an expansion of its definition of “primarily health-related benefits.”
While the article notes that “many Medicare Advantage plans already offer some health benefits not covered by traditional Medicare, such as eyeglasses, hearing aids, dental care and gym memberships,” these new services directly address the social factors that affect a senior’s good health.
The Margolin Group understands that there are multiple social factors – all deeply connected – that affect a patient’s health and well-being. The firm supports health plans, physician organizations, hospitals and community-based organizations that come together to provide more holistic, patient-centered care, and it works hard, every day, to unite these health care and coverage organizations under a common vision.
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