News and insights to help health plans and providers stay connected to one of the most important destinations of care: the home.

Special Needs Plans on the Rise; 6 States Lead Enrollment 

Special Needs Plans on the Rise; 6 States Lead Enrollment 

Special Needs Plans (SNPs) provide specialized coverage — extra benefits and coordinated care — for people who have chronic medical conditions or face certain severe or disabling health situations. What are the Three Types of SNPs? SNPs come in three types, each with...

Dina Recognized on “Best Places To Work” List by Purpose Jobs

Dina Recognized on “Best Places To Work” List by Purpose Jobs

Dina was recognized as one of the Best Places To Work in 2024 by Purpose Jobs!  Purpose Jobs is the largest community of purpose-driven startup and tech professionals. Companies across emerging tech hubs (and those hiring remotely) were evaluated on and selected for a...

CMS Proposes Changes to Improve Access to MA Benefits

CMS Proposes Changes to Improve Access to MA Benefits

Supplemental benefits continue to grow across more plans. Now CMS wants to know who is using them and what impact they have. Nearly all Medicare Advantage (MA) plans offer at least one supplemental benefit; the most frequently offered are vision, hearing, fitness, and...

Long-Term Services and Supports Spending is Up: What Happens Now?

Long-Term Services and Supports Spending is Up: What Happens Now?

Medicaid enrollees who used long-term services and supports (LTSS) had disproportionately high spending in 2020, but just 24% who utilized the benefit did so in an institutionalized setting, according to a recent KFF report.  As the population continues to age, it is...

SNP Alliance Forum Recap: Prepare for Benefit Utilization Tracking

SNP Alliance Forum Recap: Prepare for Benefit Utilization Tracking

Special Needs Plans (SNPs) and Medicare-Medicaid Plans (MMPs) have long worked to match their dual members with much-needed in home services such as personal care or transportation.  As more plans offer these types of non-medical services, are they having the intended...

SCAN Group Makes Investment in Dina

SCAN Group Makes Investment in Dina

SCAN Group, a mission-driven organization whose holdings include SCAN Health Plan, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit Medicare Advantage plans, has made its latest strategic investment in Dina. Earlier this year, Dina and SCAN launched a program in California...

Delivering Care at Home Requires New Services, Tools & Partners

Delivering Care at Home Requires New Services, Tools & Partners

As more health plans prioritize the home as a primary site of care, they’ll also need to invest in the tools, services, and partners to build out that capability beyond traditional home care.  Personal care, meal delivery, home modification, and transportation are...

Unmet HCBS Needs Persist Despite Increased Waiver Funding

Unmet HCBS Needs Persist Despite Increased Waiver Funding

Seniors, people with disabilities, and those with chronic conditions rely on Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) to live independently outside of nursing homes and other institutions. Medicaid fills an important gap as the sole source of coverage for...

Demand for LTSS Grows, But Industry Issues Persist

Demand for LTSS Grows, But Industry Issues Persist

Millions of people – children, adults, and seniors – need to access long-term services and supports (LTSS) as a result of disabling conditions and chronic illnesses. In 2020, an estimated 5.8 million people used LTSS delivered in home and community settings, and 1.9...

Better Chronic Care Management is “Win-Win” for Plans, Members

Better Chronic Care Management is “Win-Win” for Plans, Members

Chronic care management (CCM)is an urgent need as chronic disease is a significant driver of healthcare costs.  Those living with chronic conditions interact with the healthcare system in unique ways and as the number of chronic conditions increases, so do the...

Dina Product Manager Wants You to Break Up With Your Fax Machine

Dina Product Manager Wants You to Break Up With Your Fax Machine

Most benefit coordination is bogged down by time-consuming tasks– phone calls, faxes, multiple emails–to identify and activate services for members. And as people continue to age in place, the demand for a full range of services to support them intensifies.  Jacqui...

HCBS Conference 2023: Key Takeaways for Medicaid Plans

HCBS Conference 2023: Key Takeaways for Medicaid Plans

As of April, Medicaid was serving almost one in four Americans. However, most Medicaid plans struggle to unlock benefits and coordinate personal services that could help seniors stay in their homes safely and longer. This was a central theme of the recent Home and...

Aging In Place Remodeling Can Enable Independence

Aging In Place Remodeling Can Enable Independence

Supporting people who are aging in place often requires basic home modifications like removing trip hazards and installing grab bars, handrails and other assistive devices. These changes can help people reduce the risk of falls and stay home safely. “Aging in place...