Humana the Most Prominent Payer in the Medicare Advantage Hospice Carve-In

Among the nine insurance companies that will participate in the Medicare Advantage carve-in during the program’s first year in 2021, Humana, Inc. (NYSE: HUM) operates the most plans that will offer hospice.  The carve-in, formally known as the hospice component of the value-based insurance design (VBID) model, is designed to assess payer and provider performance […]

Three Oaks Hospice Acquires Hospice Partners of Kansas

Private equity-backed Three Oaks Hospice has purchased Hospice Partners of Kansas for an undisclosed amount. The transaction marks the Texas-based company’s entry into the Kansas and Missouri markets.  During 2019, Three Oaks Hospice received more than $21 million in private equity backing from Granite Growth Health Partners, Health Velocity Capital and Petra Capital Partners. The […]

Medicare Advantage Hospice Carve-In Starting Small in 2021 

The demonstration project to test inclusion of hospice in the value-based insurance design model — often called the Medicare Advantage hospice carve-in — will be a small program in its first year. The 53 participating Medicare Advantage plans cover 8% the market and a limited geographic footprint, according to data from the U.S. Centers for […]

53 Medicare Advantage Plans to Offer Hospice in 2021, Palliative Care to Grow

Among Medicare Advantage plans, 53 will be covering hospice and palliative care in 2021 through the value-based insurance design (VBID) model, according to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Medicare Advantage is seeing record-high levels of participation for 2021 among beneficiaries, reaching about 42% for 2021, CMS reported. Starting in 2021, payers […]

HHS Shipping 2.6 Million COVID Tests, Includes Share for Hospice

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is in the process of distributing 2.6 million COVID-19 testing kits to organizations that serve vulnerable populations, including hospice providers. In addition to hospices, the department is also sending a portion of those tests to assisted living facilities, nursing homes and home health organizations. Many providers […]

More than 60 Organizations Call for Medicare Palliative Care Demo

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and congressional leaders have received letters with signatures from more than 60 health care and senior citizen advocacy groups calling for a demonstration to test a community-based palliative care benefit program within Medicare. Organizations such as the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), the National […]

Communication Influences Families’ Hospice Choice, CAHPS Ratings

About 80% of family caregiver survey respondents indicated that they would select a hospice based on the providers’ ability to communicate in a timely fashion. Timely communication can also impact the ratings that family’s give hospices in the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) survey, according to new research conducted by Citus Health.  […]

CMS Boosts Funds for Medicaid Home- and Community-Based Services

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has allocated an additional $165 million to states that participate in the agency’s Money Follows the Person (MFP) program, which is designed to help Medicaid recipients transition from receiving care in nursing homes to home- and community-based services.  Currently 33 states and the District of Columbia participate […]

ProCare Hospice CEO/CMO Clevis Parker: COVID-19 is a Whirlwind

Well-known in the hospice field, Clevis Parker, M.D., chief medical officer of ProCare Hospice in Nevada, was recently named CEO of that organization. In addition to leading the organization, Parker will continue to also serve as chief medical officer. Parker came to ProCare last year after serving as chief medical officer for Nathan Adelson Hospice, […]