Hospice Buffalo Expands Inpatient Capacity for COVID Patients

New York state-based Hospice Buffalo has expanded its inpatient operations to include a unit dedicated to COVID-19 patients. The hospice provider is also increasing the bereavement services it offers to the community. The hospice owned a 10-bed inpatient unit that had long been out of use following a move to a 22-bed unit on the […]

Choosing the Right Primary Care First Model for Your Hospice

Change is coming for hospices in 2021 as the industry starts to shift towards value-based payment models, including the Primary Care First initiative. As the implementation dates for these programs approach, hospices need to identify the value proposition and revenue potential for each of the models that will fall under the auspices of that program. […]

National Hospice Foundation Creates Grant Program for PPE During COVID-19

The National Hospice Foundation has launched a grant program to help hospices acquire necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic. The foundation is an affiliate of the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). Demand for PPE has risen astronomically across all health care settings due to the outbreak. Accessing PPE has proven […]

Hospices Stressed About Potential Rises in COVID Cases as States Reopen

Anxieties abound among hospice providers regarding a potential deluge of COVID-19 cases as states begin to reduce social distancing and shelter-in-place restrictions, even as many hope for easier access to patients in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Most U.S. states are to varying degrees lifting public safety measures such as stay-at-home orders, business closures […]

Hospice Providers Say ‘Reopening’ States Will Improve Access to Nursing Homes

Many hospice leaders believe that states’ gradual relaxation of COVID-19 shelter-in-place restrictions will positively impact their businesses, despite concerns about increased risks to staff. Providers expect that increased access to patients living in facilities will drive clinical and financial improvement. More than half of hospice provider respondents to a Hospice News reader survey indicated that […]

Hospices Help Families Address Disenfranchised Grief

Hospices routinely provide bereavement care to family members after a patient reaches the end of life, but increasingly during the COVID-19 pandemic they are seeing more people afflicted with disenfranchised grief. Disenfranchised grief is a form of bereavement that is not acknowledged as legitimate by others or even by the families themselves. Research indicates that […]

Changemakers: Leonard D’Avolio, Founder and CEO, Cyft

Leonard D’Avolio has spent his 17-year career in government, the private sector and academia working to improve the quality in the health care system. D’Avolio is the co-founder of Cyft, a firm that uses data and artificial intelligence technology to improve clinical care. He is also an assistant professor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in […]

VITAS to Launch COVID-19 Grief Helpline

Hospice provider VITAS Healthcare will launch a national grief helpline that will offer support from the company’s bereavement care professionals and social workers to those who are grieving a loved one during the novel coronavirus outbreak. VITAS is a subsidiary of Chemed Corp. (NYSE: CHE). The service, set to launch on May 26, will likewise […]

Senior Helpers Franchisee Purchases Lowcountry Companions

A Charleston, S.C.-based location of national aging services company Senior Helpers has acquired hospice provider Lowcountry Companions, also located in South Carolina. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Senior Helpers, parent company to the Charleston location, is a portfolio company of Altaris Capital, a private equity firm which purchased the senior services company […]

Changemakers: B.J. Miller: Palliative Care Physician, UCSF Medical Center

Hospice and palliative care physician Bruce (B.J.) Miller has made it his mission to help people “live well in the face of death.” A hospice and palliative care physician at the University of California Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and former executive director of the Zen Hospice Project, Miller speaks nationally about end-of-life care, […]