28% Growth in Medicare Advantage Plans Led By Senior Housing and Care Providers

An increasing number of senior living and care providers are launching Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, pursuing potential clinical and financial benefits despite new challenges posed by Covid-19. In 2020, 76 Medicare Advantage special needs plans (SNPs) were directly owned by senior housing and care providers, including skilled nursing and assisted living companies. For plan year […]

Medicare Advantage Milestones: Perennial Consortium, UCare Bring Senior Living Plans to Market

The fall open enrollment period for Medicare Advantage (MA) plans is now underway, and this year marks two milestones demonstrating the ongoing integration between MA and senior living. With the start of the enrollment period on Oct. 15, a group of senior living providers known as the Perennial Consortium began to enroll the first beneficiaries […]

Oak Street Brings Innovative Care Model To Assisted Living, Aids Covid-19 Readiness

Assisted living communities that have on-site primary care could gain a range of benefits — including advantages in battling Covid-19. However, bringing primary care into assisted living is not for the faint of heart, according to Brian Cloch, Principal at Innovative Health. “This is really, really hard,” he said, during a recent interview for the […]

New CMS Telehealth Expansion Could Be ‘Very Good’ for Senior Living During Covid-19

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has temporarily expanded telehealth services to include all Medicare beneficiaries, and senior living residents may stand to benefit as a result. CMS announced on Tuesday that Medicare will now pay clinicians to provide telehealth services on a temporary basis for beneficiaries who live across the country, and […]

30% Medicare Advantage Penetration Rate in Senior Living Presents ‘Tremendous Opportunity’

About 30% of assisted living residents are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage (MA) plan, which is just slightly lower than the roughly 34% of seniors living in private housing who are enrolled in MA. Nearly the same percentage of independent living residents — almost 31% — are Medicare Advantage beneficiaries, according to a new data […]

Welltower CEO: We Aim To Mimic High-End Senior Living at $1,000 Price Point

Real estate investment trust Welltower (NYSE: WELL) made headlines last week with the official introduction of its new middle-market brand, welltowerLIVING. On Monday, Welltower CEO Tom DeRosa provided additional insight into how the plans for welltowerLIVING fit into a larger strategy to create senior living options for the vast cohort of aging middle-income baby boomers. […]