The Department of Veterans Affairs: One Combat Veteran’s Perspective.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has different meanings to different people and can stir a wide array of emotions. For Veterans like myself, personal experience in accessing benefits is an important determinant of how the VA is viewed. The VA has a wide range of benefits including VA Home Loans, GI Bill tuition […]

SDOH, SSBCI and the 2020 Final Call Letter

Social Determinants of Health are rapidly gaining traction throughout the healthcare industry. Medicare Advantage Organizations (MAOs) and CMS seem to be in agreement that an expansive definition of benefits to be offered under Medicare Advantage can help MAOs help their members. Enter Special Supplemental Benefits for the Chronically Ill (or SSBCI for those of us […]

Social Determinants of Health: The Future of Healthcare

Social Determinants of Health: The Future of Healthcare There’s an old saying, “You can’t manage, what you can’t measure.” When it comes to the Social Determinants of Health (#SDOH), it is clear that the healthcare industry has a long way to go to be able to manage and measure the factors, experiences, and barriers beyond […]

Star Ratings Impact of Medicare Advantage Members Use of Veterans Affairs Facilities

Improving Medicare Advantage Star Ratings by Documenting Veterans Care As 2019 is officially here, Medicare Advantage plans are continuing to look for opportunities to positively impact their Star Ratings. The Star Ratings are important for Medicare Advantage plans for a variety of reasons including Quality Bonus Payments and marketing rules. Many of the Star Ratings […]

Commemorating Veterans Day

Today, Sunday November 11th is Veterans Day. By way of a little history, while World War I officially ended with the Treaty of Versailles in June of 1919, active hostilities ceased on November 11th of 1918. In November of the following year, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed a commemoration of the day as “Armistice Day.” In […]