This week we celebrate Men’s Health Week with people across the country. This year’s theme is “Awareness. Prevention. Education. Family.”
We are thankful for this movement that encourages men to seek medical care and lead healthy, preventative lifestyles. Yet, what better way to honor the men in our lives than to make sure that they can always receive care in the setting they prefer?
Keeping in line with the Men’s Health Week theme, we encourage all Americans, particularly Medicare patients and their loved ones, to:
BE AWARE: Unfortunately, not all Medicare patients know skilled home healthcare is even an option. Know the options – Skilled care can be provided in the comfort and security of a patient’s home.
EDUCATE YOURSELF: Learn more about the issues impacting your healthcare. Medicare cuts put home health at risk. Over the next four years, the Medicare home health benefit will be cut 14 percent by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Encourage your lawmakers to protect home health!
PREVENT AVOIDABLE HOSPITAL STAYS: Home health is critical to preventing expensive hospitalizations and other facility-based care for Medicare beneficiaries by helping patients manage chronic conditions such as diabetes and congestive heart failure.
BE WITH FAMILY: Home health is keeping America’s fathers and husbands home where they want to be.
Let’s stand by the 1.4 million male Medicare beneficiaries who depend on home health by advocating to protect the clinical care services that bring home prevention and improved health.