Friday, February 13, 2015

Finally, Home Health Aide recognized as a member of the Patient's TEAM!

In a 2013 agreement reached with CMS in NYS, policy wonks saw the benefits of including home health aides in the Interdiscipinary Teams (IRTs) required by the Fully Integrated Duals Advantage (FIDA) program. Designed to provide Medicare-Medicaid enrollees with a more coordinated, person-centered care experience, this is the latest attempt to bring the costs of people who are dually eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid, traditionally a high cost population.

In addition to the Participant (or designee), each IRT will be comprised of a Primary Care Physician, a Care Manager, Behavioral Health Professional,the patient's home health aide,and other providers as requested by the participant.

Finally, policies are reflecting the reality of the caregiving experience: it is about supporting a patient's ability to function in their own home, optimizing their health status to the best of everyone's ability.


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