What does the home care industry look like in 2021 and beyond? We continue our conversation with HCAOA Board members as they look into the crystal ball…
Matt Boever, Home Instead
“We were already seeing in recent years more states regulating home care as well as expanding the role of home care workers. Those trends will only accelerate in 2021 as both state and federal policymakers renew their focus on increasing access to care in the home and empowering the home care workforce. Federal and state governments will also continue to work to innovate America’s fragmented system of financing long-term care, with legislation like the bipartisan Home Care for Seniors Act, which would allow tax-free distributions from health savings accounts to cover qualified home care services.”
Carl McManus, Comfort Keepers
Home Care Positioning
Addressing caregiver shortage
Chani Feldman, MGA Homecare
“I think there are going to be endless possibilities in the world of home and community-based services. With so many people stuck at home, there was a realization that many things can happen within the walls of the home that never happened there before. (Think Zoom meetings while juggling kids on Zoom school!) The place where healthcare will be delivered will shift and more options will be open for homecare providers to partner with payers to meet clients’ needs in the community.
COVID has shown the industry that “healthcare” today should really be called ‘sickcare.’ The future of healthcare will need to shift to wellness and preventative services. Investments into keeping people healthy will increase, and the best place for the changes to happen is where people actually live. True change takes time, education, and support. Homecare providers are uniquely positioned to pillars of that much-needed change.”
3/5/2021 02:44:41 pm
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