How Health Equity Impacts Hospices’ Bottom Lines

More hospices nationwide have increasingly recognized the value proposition of expanding their reach into untapped and underserved populations and geographic markets. Aside from increased access, census volumes and quality, health equity’s return on investment can also include a better recruitment and retention outlook, according to David Turner, vice president of special projects and initiatives at […]

Hospices Shaking Up Executive Teams

Blue Ridge Hospice Welcomes New VP of IT Virginia-based Blue Ridge Hospice has named Mohamad Hamad as its new vice president of information technology. Hamad will be responsible for implementing new technologies at the hospice organization that create operational efficiencies, improve patient care delivery and support its strategic initiatives. Technology will play a key role […]

Compliance Landmines in the Hospice Regulatory Landscape

Hospice providers are navigating a minefield in today’s regulatory environment to avoid getting caught up in the mix of fraudulent activity in the space. The current state of hospice regulations has providers walking compliance tightropes, according to Patrick Harrison, senior director of regulatory and compliance at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). Fraud, […]

Staff Training Key to Improving Hospice Quality Among LGBTQ+ Patients

Hospice staff training models with culturally appropriate LGBTQ+ components are key to improving quality outcomes among an increasingly diverse base of underserved seniors. Ongoing staff education and communication skill building are two significant pieces of bridging gaps of hospice care among LGBTQ+ seniors, according to Jerry Farmer, vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion at […]

Hospice of the Red River Valley Expands Services for Dual-Eligible Populations

North Dakota-based Hospice of the Red River Valley is focused on expanding its home- and community-based services among dual-eligible Medicare and Medicaid populations in need of greater support. Serious and terminally ill patients in lower socioeconomic and underserved regions face several competing challenges in accessing health care, according to Tracee Capron, executive director at Hospice […]

CMS Revises Hospice Physician Enrollment Guidance to Avoid ‘Disruptive’ Impacts

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated its guidance on the recently implemented hospice certifying physician Medicare enrollment requirement. The revisions were fueled by mounting concerns that the requirement posed potential compliance issues. The requirement stipulated that physicians who certify hospice services must enroll in or opt out of Medicare by […]

Hospice & Palliative Care of Martha’s Vineyard Navigates Staffing, Access Barriers

Providing hospice and palliative care to patients in remote regions can come with significant challenges alongside innovative opportunities to improve quality, according to Cathy Stauffer Wozniak, executive director at Hospice & Palliative Care of Martha’s Vineyard (HPCMV). Established in 1981, the nonprofit provides care across Martha’s Vineyard island in Dukes County, Massachusetts. Approximately 7 miles […]

Palliative Providers Navigate Potential ‘Disastrous’ Impacts Amid Telehealth Uncertainties

Telehealth’s value proposition is building in the palliative care realm as regulators mull policies around future utilization, leaving providers to navigate uncertain and potentially difficult challenges among patients. Telehealth has been among the drivers of greater access to palliative care and improved quality among seriously ill patient populations, according to Dr. Michael Fratkin a palliative […]

Research Finds Links Between Hospice Care, Reduced Cancer-Related Suicides

Data trends have found that suicide rates among cancer patients have decreased during the last three decades, with improved psychosocial end-of-life care a potential factor. Researchers recently examined trends in cancer-related suicides during the last four decades and how these rates compare with the general population. A large aim was to gain a broader picture […]

Research Points to Palliative Care’s Underutilization Among Cancer Patients

Though access to palliative care (PC) has generally expanded in recent years, utilization of these services remains low among patients with various types of advanced cancers. Researchers from the American Cancer Society recently studied palliative care utilization trends among cancer patients with an aim to examine the impacts of earlier integration of these services. Researchers […]