In a recent op-ed for Huffington Post, VNA Health Group President Steve Landers and co-author Dr. Bruce Leff, professor of medicine and director of the Center for Transformative Geriatric Research at Johns Hopkins, remind us that there is work yet to be done in healthcare reform:
In the wake of the Affordable Care Act and the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, we are seeing a shift toward more care coordination and “value-based” care. These trends have led to more interest by doctors and hospitals in helping people succeed in home and community-based settings. This new attention is a good start, but it’s not enough.
Landers and Leff continue, pointing out that home-based care — a choice that many older Americans prefer — has not yet been addressed by Washington, D.C.:
The focus of current reform efforts has centered on insurers, hospitals, physicians, and employers. Home-based care has been left out of high profile national policy conversations … Our policymakers aren’t putting enough time and resources into strengthening home health care and developing new home-based care strategies. Further, some home care policy proposals actually risk hurting the positive programs that already exist.
We’ll keep an eye on this story to see how lawmakers take home health care into consideration in future legislation.