Amedisys Sees Revenue Growth with Optum Deal in the Wings

In case you missed it, Hospice News has launched a new specialty publication for palliative care professionals. You can subscribe to Palliative Care News here: Subscribe today! With its acquisition by Optum pending, Amedisys (NASDAQ: AMED) is seeing quarterly and yearly gains. Optum, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UHN), in June 2023 penned its […]

BrightStar Care Partners with Adtalem on Clinical Training in Hospice, Palliative Care

Want to read more palliative care-focused content like this? Subscribe to Palliative Care News today! BrightStar Care is partnering with the medical and nursing training organization Adtalem Global Education to help build up their hospice, home health and palliative care workforce. Amid staffing shortages, limited access to clinical training continues to place constraints on recruitment […]

Psychologist Jason Hotchkiss: Hospices Can Leverage Online Reviews to Drive Quality Improvement

Jason Hotchkiss, author, chaplain and psychologist, has unveiled new research on the ways online reviews can help drive hospice quality and staff morale. He is currently a chaplain and behavioral health specialist at the Center for Elders’ Independence and a professor of psychology at Cornerstone University in Michigan. Prior to this work, he spent more […]

Blue Sky Hospice Medical Director Convicted of $2.8M Hospice Fraud

A federal jury has convicted Dr. John Thropay, a hospice medical director, on charges of health care fraud in a $2.8 million scheme. Thropay was the medical director of several hospice companies, including Blue Sky Hospice, based in Van Nuys, California. He was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and […]

Compassus, Bon Secours Mercy Health Unveil Hospice, Home Health Joint Venture

Compassus is launching a home health and hospice joint venture with Ohio-headquartered Bon Secours Mercy Health (BSMH). Through the JV, Compassus will manage the operations of 11 hospice agencies and 10 home health sites across five states. BSMH is the fifth-largest Catholic health system in the United States, according to a joint press release from […]

How Palliative Care Can Benefit Heart Failure Patients

Health care providers can improve quality of life and reduce symptom burden for heart failure patients by integrating palliative principles and referring to specialists as needed. Heart failure is an increasingly common condition among the aging U.S. population. These patients often experience severe symptoms that can include shortness of breath, coughing, nausea, fatigue, pain and […]

SCAN Group, CareOregon Put the Brakes on Planned Merger

The Medicare Advantage organizations SCAN Group and CareOregon will not complete their plans to merge amid questions from state regulatory agencies. The two nonprofits announced their intent to combine last year and form a new entity that would have been known as the HealthRight Group, which would encompass SCAN’s Medicare portfolio with CareOregon’s predominantly Medicaid […]

IntellaTriage Acquires NurseLine

IntellaTriage has acquired NurseLine, a national provider of hospice and home health triage services. Financial terms were undisclosed. Established in 2008, IntellaTriage provides after-hours nurse triage services for a range of health care providers, including hospice and home health providers, hospitals, physician groups, health plans and specialty practices. Combining their platform with NurseLine’s will strengthen […]

Bristol Hospice’s Quest to Help Patients Sleep

Salt Lake City-based Bristol Hospice has developed a branded program designed to help their patients get better sleep, which can significantly impact quality of life. Sleep disturbance, including insomnia and other disorders, is a common problem among the terminally ill. Poor sleep can exacerbate a range of chronic illnesses and intensify symptoms such as pain, […]

The Nexus Between Palliative Care and PACE Programs

Palliative care is becoming an increasingly prevalent component of Programs for All-Inclusive Care of the Elderly (PACE) programs. PACE programs offer a comprehensive approach to care for participants who meet certain eligibility criteria, mainly to seniors who have significant medical and non-medical needs to help them age in place and avoid the hospital or nursing […]