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Opportunities for Improving Access to Palliative Care for Dual Eligible Individuals with Serious Illness

10% of dual eligible individuals report living with a serious illness, according to ATI Advisory’s (ATI) analysis of the 2018-2021 Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS) using a narrow definition of serious illness. While this means that 10% of dual eligible individuals can potentially benefit from palliative care, much fewer actually receive such services. This brief highlights opportunities to promote access to palliative care for dual eligible individuals.
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Promoting Independent Living Among Older Adults and People with Disabilities

Medi-Cal allows managed care plans to provide flexible person-centered services and address social drivers of health. Other states across the country can look to California’s experience to explore opportunities to leverage ILOS more broadly.
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Medicare Advantage Carriers See Big Money Covering Costliest Patients

ATI Principal Allison Rizer Modern Healthcare about Medicare beneficiaries' experiences navigating their coverage, “We’ve created this complex set of programs for individuals who are some of the most vulnerable in our nation. They are the lowest-income, they have high rates of social need. They have high rates of functional frailty, they have a lot of medical conditions. And we’ve now put them in the middle of an amazingly complex system.”
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Medicare Advantage Outperforms Fee-for-Service Medicare on Cost Protections for Low-Income and Diverse Populations

Medicare Advantage provides cost protections for premium and out of pocket costs to Medicare beneficiaries, including low-income and diverse populations.
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Over 4 Million MA Beneficiaries Have At-Home Care Access Through Supplemental Benefits

ATI Senior Analyst Elexa Rallos talks with Home Health Care News on the uptick in Medicare Advantage plans offering in-home support service benefits.
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Rural veterans have fewer ED visits, more psychotherapy with VA tablets

ATI's Kimberly Smathers talks with Modern Healthcare about a study on veteran tele-psychotherapy and utilization, "The findings seem promising for reducing the rural disparity in suicide, considering the increased rates of suicide in rural areas."
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Halting HCBS Support Is ‘Like Bringing an Umbrella to a Hurricane,’ Advocates Argue in Senate Hearing

Home Health Care News reports on Anne Tumlinson's testimony on HCBS, "Halting HCBS support is like bringing an umbrella to a hurricane."
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