November 8, 2021
Medicare beneficiaries must have the option to recover safely at home
While our nation has recently faced unprecedented challenges in the delivery of health care, we have also been offered significant opportunities for positive change — including reforming post-acute care options for American seniors in order to transition them safely home after hospitalization.
For decades, Medicare’s Home Health Benefit has enabled health care delivery in a patient-preferred setting for post-acute and rehabilitative care. Yet, despite increased demand from patients, the capacity for older Americans and their families to select home-based care following a serious hospitalization has been limited.
The time has come for Congress to enable greater patient choice so that American families can choose to safely transition Medicare beneficiaries to the home setting for post-acute recovery. Doing so requires embracing policies that modernize the existing Medicare Home Health Benefit.