Hospice CEO: Care Must Move Upstream

Florida-based Community Hospice & Palliative Care, one of the largest nonprofit hospice providers in the nation, continues to see substantial growth. In 2019 alone, the hospice is opening a new inpatient unit, revamping its pediatric palliative care program, and launching a Program for All-Inclusive Care for elderly (PACE) location. CEO Susan Ponder-Stansel sees diversification of […]

Health Care Groups Urge Lawmakers to Relax Prior Authorization Rules

A group of 370 health care industry groups — including the American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine, the American Medical Association and National Association of Social Workers — have signed a letter sent to Congress encouraging legislators to pass the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act of 2019. If enacted, the legislation would […]

AngMar Medical Holdings Enters Hospice Market Via Acquisition

Mansfield, Texas-based home health provider AngMar Medical Holdings Inc., has entered the hospice space with the acquisition of its first agency, located in Wichita, Kan. The location will operate under AngMar’s new brand, Angels Care Hospice. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.  The name of the acquired hospice in Wichita is confidential per […]

Many Critical Care Nurses Unprepared to Provide Palliative Care

Critical care nurses say they feel unprepared to provide palliative care or hospice care, according to a recent study, underscoring the need to address growing clinical staff shortages in those fields.  More than 500 critical care nurses across seven intensive care units in a Virginia-based academic health center responded to a survey designed to measure […]

As Technology Advances, Hospice Evolves

Hospice is in a state of flux. The industry is evolving with the changing health care landscape in terms of practice, payment models and the pervasive presence of technology. Hospices nationwide are leveraging technological advancement to improve their workflows, improve efficiency and enhance patient care. Technologies such as predictive analytics, telemedicine systems, artificial intelligence and […]

Vermont Lab Uses Machine Learning to Guide Palliative Care Conversations

Researchers at the University of Vermont’s Conversation Lab are using machine learning to develop algorithms designed to optimize clinician-patient discussions of serious illness, palliative care and end-of-life care. The research team — led by Robert Gramling, M.D., associate professor of family medicine and the Miller Chair in Palliative Medicine at the University of Vermont’s Larner College […]

A New Industry Emerges Around Advance Care Planning

Companies are springing up nationwide offering products and services to support advance care planning, signaling that a new industry is joining forces with health care to ensure that patients receive goal-concordant care. Many of these companies offer technological solutions or frameworks to guide difficult conversations about end-of-life care and surragate decision makers should a patient […]

MedPAC Mulls 20% Cut to Hospice Payment Cap

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) is considering a recommendation that Congress reduce by 20% the annual aggregate payment cap for hospice care. Also under consideration is a potential recommendation to adjust the cap according to the wage index for different geographic regions to reflect the varying costs of care in different parts of the […]

Hospitals Increasingly Offering Home-Based Palliative Care

At a time when more health care stakeholders are recognizing the value of home-based care, a rising number of hospitals and health systems are expanding their services into the community, particularly when it comes to palliative care.  Home-based palliative care could reduce societal health care costs by $103 billion nationwide within two decades, according to […]

Trump Seeks to Align Fee-for-Service Payment with Medicare Advantage Rates

As hospices await implementation of a Medicare Advantage hospice carve-in demonstration, President Trump has signed an executive order that seeks to bring Medicare fee-for-service rates in line with Medicare Advantage payments, among other provisions. The executive order is part of an effort to counter Medicare-For-All policies put forth by Democratic presidential candidates, which were the […]