Home Health

CMS finalizes non-skilled service coverage as extra benefit to Medicare Advantage

A final rule posted April 2 will open up new business opportunities for private duty agencies to contract with Medicare Advantage plans to provide services such as cooking and light housekeeping as a supplemental benefit.

In the rule that takes effect in 2019, CMS finalized new Medicare Advantage and Part D payment and policy updates to provide new benefits, some non-skilled, for enrollees.

Under the new policy, CMS 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.

CMS will include coverage of non-skilled in-home supports, portable wheelchair ramps and other assistive devices and modifications when patients need them. — Josh Poltilove (jpoltilove@decisionhealth.com)

Related link: Read more about the changes at . View the rule itself at https://go.cms.gov/2EgDtan.