Quality Data, Education Key to Hospice-Payer Relationships in VBID

Leveraging quality data and education when establishing payer relationships will be critical to success as hospices begin to work within the value-based insurance design (VBID) demonstration, often called the Medicare Advantage hospice carve-in. The program started small in its first year, with 53 participating health plans, but stakeholders expect it to grow in 2022 and […]

Value-Based Models Could Promote Palliative Care Integration

Evolving value-based payment models can promote system integration of palliative care, posing risks and opportunities for participating hospice providers. Hospices will need to be proactive in building relationships with payer networks to reap the full benefits of these programs. A growing number of hospices have been diversifying their services to engage patients further upstream and […]

Enclara Expands Hospice Pharmacy Network in Florida

Philadelphia-based Enclara Pharmacia recently expanded its Neighborhood Connections network with eight new pharmacy members in the key Miami and Jacksonville, Fla., markets. The names of those pharmacies are undisclosed. Enclara launched the Neighborhood ConnectionsTM Plus program launched last year, which builds on an actively managed group of more than 7,000 retail and institutional pharmacies working […]

Hospices Extend Community Partnerships Developed During COVID

The coronavirus pandemic took a heavy toll on communities across the country as many fell ill and lost loved ones to the deadly disease. Hospices reached deeper into their communities with collaborations to procure and provide resources amid heavy COVID-19 headwinds. To date, COVID-19 has claimed 595,301 lives since the outbreak first hit the United […]

Hospices Weigh Using Methadone for Pediatric Pain Management

As providers recognize a growing demand for pediatric hospice and palliative care, more are turning to methadone for those patients rather than more frequently used pain medications like morphine. Effective pain management, or the lack thereof, has a significant impact on a hospice’s family satisfaction scores, which are key considerations for potential payers and referral […]

4 Steps Hospices Can Take To Build a Payer Network

To move hospice beyond the confines of the Medicare Hospice Benefit, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) launched new value-based care models, such as the Medicare Advantage hospice carve-in and Primary Care First. Some providers are also seeking relationships with Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). These changes bring hospice providers into a brave new world […]

Elizabeth Hospice Expands Virtual Reality Program During COVID-19

Hospice and palliative care providers are increasingly using virtual reality (VR) to help reduce pain, anxiety and feelings of fear and isolation in patients with chronic conditions. More hospices have incorporated VR into patient care, with the pandemic driving innovative uses for technology. The Elizabeth Hospice began to use VR to reach isolated patients during […]

Physicians: Hospice a Role Model for a Fragmented Health System

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed cracks in a fragmented U.S. health care system, leading hospice and other health care providers to pursue improvement. Refocusing attention on quality, care coordination and the patient’s experience during serious illness or the end of life must be a critical driver, according to BJ Miller, M.D., author, hospice and palliative care […]

Hospice Providers Leverage Data to Reach the Underserved

Race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status are the leading differentiating factors fueling disparities in hospice utilization. Data, and associated documentation, can help fuel policy to improve access for underserved populations nationwide. The nation’s population is growing more racially and ethnically diverse, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report from last year. From 2010 to 2019, the […]

Hospice Leaders See Growing Need for a Medicare Palliative Care Benefit

Establishing a dedicated community-based palliative care benefit within Medicare has been a critical goal for many providers nationwide, but the COVID-19 pandemic has led stakeholders to redouble their efforts. The outbreak exposed millions of people and their families to serious illness, and a sizable contingent is realizing that they could have benefited from interdisciplinary person-centered […]