Compassus Doubles Down on Hospice De Novos

Nashville-based hospice provider Compassus has stepped up de novo activity in several states, most recently in Huntington, Ind., with other new locations in the town of Washington, Iowa and Waco, Texas.  Each of these three new locations has opened within the past 30 days. The Indiana location will serve four counties surrounding the Ft. Wayne, […]

Hospice Advocates Push for CMS to Delay Medicare Advantage Carve-In

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Association (NHPCO) has called on the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to delay the start of the Medicare Advantage hospice carve-in demonstration beyond its current expected state date of January 2021. CMS earlier this year announced that it would test coverage of hospice care through Medicare […]

More Deaths Now Occur in Homes than Hospitals, Nursing Facilities

For the first time since the early 20th Century more people are ending their lives in their homes rather than the hospital or a nursing facility, according to a new report that appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine.  The percentage of deaths that took place in a private residence rose to 30% in […]

Average Hospice Director Salary Up Nearly 2.3% 

Hospice directors on average saw their compensation bumped up close to 2.3% during the past year, with slightly smaller increases for nurses, aides and non-exempt employees, according to a new report published by the Hospital & Health Care Compensation Services in collaboration with the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC). Directors of hospice […]

LHC Group, LifePoint Joint Venture Acquires Saline Memorial Hospice

LHC Group (NASDAQ: LHCG) and its joint venture partner LifePoint Health have acquired Bryant, Ark.-based Saline Memorial Hospice, as well as Saline Memorial Home Health, for an undisclosed amount. Both agencies are affiliated with Saline Memorial Hospital, also in Bryant, Ark.  LHC Group anticipates that the transaction, expected to close on Jan. 1, 2020, would […]

California’s Palliative Care Rule a Potential Foundation for National Model

As stakeholders call for a dedicated Medicare benefit for the growing field of community-based palliative care, one government-led payment model is going strong in California through Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program. Effective Jan. 2018, the state’s Senate Bill 1004 (SB 1004), requires Medi-Cal managed care plans to cover palliative care for patients suffering from cancer, […]

MEDPAC Calls for 20% Cut in Hospice Payment Cap

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MEDPAC) intends to recommend a 20% reduction to hospice aggregate payment cap, according to a presentation given at the commission’s most recent meeting. This echoes similar recommendations from the commission in prior years. Though MEDPAC has urged lawmakers to pursue these cuts several years running, Congress has yet to slash […]

United States Ranks High in Palliative Care Access

The United States is in the top tier compared to other nations in terms of patient access to palliative care, though much of the country remains underserved despite rising demand. Only 14% of the global population has access to palliative care at the highest level of provision, with the highest concentrations in European countries, according […]