Despite calls for better integration of social care into healthcare delivery, the lack of adequate payment models has stymied efforts to improve health and reduce costs by paying for social interventions.
Some employers would benefit if their older employees go on Medicare, and people in their 60s would have some safety net if they can't find a job with benefits. Provider revenues might take a hit because of lower Medicare reimbursement.
COVID-19 forced a shift to virtual behavioral health therapy. Some once-skeptical providers, however, are finding telehealth beneficial. Reimbursement and continued relaxation of regulations will determine whether it’s here to stay.