Crossroads HeartLink Program Boosts Patient Satisfaction, Cuts Readmissions

Crossroads Hospice and Palliative Care, a privately owned provider, has developed a program to support congestive heart failure patients and their caregivers, improve patient satisfaction, and potentially reduce costly readmissions. Crossroads provides hospice and palliative care to approximately 1 million patients annually in Georgia, Missouri, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Tennessee, and Kansas. The organization’s average daily […]

Expert Panel Releases First Guidelines for Hospice Methadone Therapy

A panel of 15 U.S. and Canadian experts has developed the first hospice- and palliative care-specific guidelines for safe and effective use of methadone. Hospice providers increasingly turning to methadone as an effective and cost-effective method of managing patients’ pain but often lacked guidance on safe practices for prescribing and administering the drug. Methadone is […]

LHC Launches $35 Million Joint Venture

LHC Group (NASDAQ: LHCG) has teamed up with two Northeast hospice providers in a joint venture expected to glean $35 million in annual revenue. LHC purchased a majority share and will take over management of Geisinger Home Health and Hospice and AtlantiCare Home Health and Hospice, serving patients in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The companies […]

Enclara Pharmacia Expands in New York Region, Acquires Avanti

Hospice providers in the New York region may see a changing of the guard in their pharmacy benefit management (PBM) and medication delivery services. Enclara Pharmacia a provider of PBM services for hospices and palliative care, will acquire Avanti Health Care Services for an undisclosed sum during the first quarter of 2019. Enclara provides PBM […]

Hospices Adjust to Encounter Data Under Medicare Advantage Carve-in

When Medicare Advantage begins to cover hospice under the 2021 carve-in, hospices and payers will have a new set of numbers to think about: Encounter data. These detailed records of a patient’s health condition and health care services will likely affect the way hospices participating in Medicare Advantage will be reimbursed, but industry observers have […]

First Inpatient Hospice in Western North Carolina Breaks Ground

Hospice House Foundation of Western North Carolina has broken ground on the first inpatient hospice facility to serve six counties in that region. The Franklin, N.C.-based unit will bring a new level of care for patients too sick for routine home care or who lack family caregiver support. North Carolina’s State Employee Credit Union (SECU) […]

Traditions Healthcare Acquires Hospice Connection

Traditions Healthcare Holding Company, LLC, a portfolio company of Dorilton Capital Advisors LLC, has acquired  Hospice Connection, a hospice provider based in Tyler, Texas, for an undisclosed sum. “I am extremely excited to grow our presence in and continue to serve the community of East Texas,” Bryan Wolfe, president and CEO of Traditions Holdings Company, […]

Hospice Providers Get a Head Start on Medicare Advantage

Hospice providers can now get a “sneak preview” as to how their organization can start working with Medicare Advantage plans by applying to participate in demonstration the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is offering for 2020. CMS has announced an array of Medicare advantage (MA) health plan innovations that will be tested […]

Regulators Prioritize False Claims Enforcement for Hospices, Investors

Hospice organizations and private equity investors are under increasing legal and regulatory scrutiny related to medical necessity complaints under the False Claims Act. “Hospice providers are on the government’s radar and have increasingly become the subject of government enforcement actions and investigations,” John Kelly, member, Bass, Barry, and Sims, told Hospice News. “Hospice agencies should […]

Hospice Providers Move Towards Addressing Social Determinants of Health

Marshaling community resources to address social determinants of health among patients and their families is the next step in the evolution of hospice care, Bill Frist, M.D., co-founder of Frist-Cressey Ventures, told Hospice News at Feb. 19 assembly of health care investors in Chicago. Social determinants of health include patient and family demographics, access to […]