In-Home Health Assessments:
Medicare Advantage plans tout these free “house calls” as a major health benefit. But the visits also can be profitable for the health plans when they uncover new diseases that raise a patient’s risk score— even if the health plan provides no added treatment. CMS officials proposed banning home visits for collecting risk data, but backed down. The industry said banning the house calls would cut its Medicare payments by some $3 billion a year.