2 Ketamine Palliative Care Projects Explore Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Two ketamine-assisted therapy projects are examining ways to develop training and collaboration models for utilization among palliative care patient populations. A growing body of research is uncovering the potential benefits of ketamine therapies to help with symptom management. But greater understanding of the drug and its impacts is needed to help palliative care providers and […]

The AIDS Epidemic’s Lasting Impact on Hospice Care for LGBTQ+ Populations

The AIDS epidemic coincided with the birth of the hospice movement roughly four decades ago, carrying groundbreaking impacts on end-of-life care delivery for LGBTQ+ communities and beyond. Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals were among the most severely impacted by the AIDS outbreak in the 1980s. LGBTQ+ communities died at higher rates from 1980 to […]

Hospices’ Compliance Outlook a ‘Balancing Act’

The future outlook of hospice compliance is a mixed bag of uncertainty as program integrity oversight heats up alongside evolutions in telehealth regulation. Hospices today are facing one of the most challenging regulatory environments that the industry has seen, according to Pamela Duncan Owens, chief compliance officer of Agape Care. A portfolio company of Ridgemont […]

End-of-Life Care Delivery ‘Ripe for Reform’ in Rep. Blumenauer’s Hospice CARE Act

Development of the Hospice Care Accountability, Reform, and Enforcement (Hospice CARE) Act has signaled that a wave of change may be on the horizon in end-of-life care delivery – including how patients are certified to receive these services. Earlier this month Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) announced the landmark legislation at the Hospice News Elevate conference […]

Bristol Hospice Enters Mississippi Market with Mid-Delta Hospice Acquisition

Bristol Hospice has acquired Mississippi-based Mid-Delta Hospice, a move that marked its entry into the state. The decision to launch services in a new state came with growing recognition around rising demand for home health and hospice care, according to Bristol Hospice CEO and President Alex Mauricio. The acquisition helps pave the way for expanded […]

Tapestry Hospice Execs Settle Fraud Case for $1.4M; Prison Term, $3M Penalty in Angel Care Case

Anti-kickback and health care fraud cases have recently cropped up in two southern states, with hospice personnel facing millions in fines and one owner facing imprisonment for their involvement. Tapestry Hospice Executives Settle in FCA Case A federal court in Georgia recently announced that executives at Tapestry Hospice of Northwest Georgia LLC have agreed to […]

Compliance ‘Paramount’ to Hospice Investment, Growth Potential

Private equity, venture capital firms and strategic investors have had a strong appetite for hospice assets in recent years. These investment trends fostered both concerns and opportunities within the industry. Interest in the hospice space has proliferated among nonprofit and for-profit investors alike, according to David DeGumbia, senior vice president and chief development officer at […]

Anatomy of Hospice Grief Camps for Children

Training staff and volunteers to provide developmentally-appropriate grief support is among the key parts of operating summer camp programs for children and adolescents suffering a recent loss. Whether rolling out summer grief camps for the first time or innovating these programs throughout the course of several decades, hospices need a firm grasp around the different […]

NAHC, NHPCO Ink Deal Completing Affiliation

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) have announced the completion of their affiliation agreement. The affiliation joins two of the largest organizations representing, educating and advocating for home health and hospice providers that serve millions of disabled, elderly and dying Americans across the […]