New CMS effort to vaccinate homebound seniors receives a thumbs-up from home care providers
Publication: Mcknight's Senior Living
Home care, hospice and other home-and-community-based service (HCBS) providers are applauding the latest move by the Biden administration to increase COVID-19 vaccinations among homebound seniors.
On Wednesday the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said it will pay providers an additional $35 per dose of the vaccine administered to Medicare beneficiaries in their homes. For the two-dose vaccine, Medicare will pay an additional $70. CMS estimated 1.6 million adults 65 and older may be having difficulty accessing the vaccine because they can’t leave their homes or live in hard-to-reach locations.