North Dakota Hospital Expands Palliative Care to Include Home Visits

Even hospitals are concerned about the rising costs of inpatient care, as well as the ability of frail patients to transport themselves to health appointments. To better address patient needs, North Dakota-based CHI-St. Alexius Health System is expanding its palliative care program to include outpatient and home-based services. The hospital’s inpatient palliative care team emerged […]

Seasons Hospice Leverages Facebook Live in Grief Support

Rosemont, Ill.-based Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care has begun offering programs through Facebook Live to support families coping with loss. The program supplements the hospice’s in-person and online grief support groups. The program’s first video presentation, presented late last year, addressed grief during the holidays and garnered more than 1,800 views. The most recent presentation […]

Jet Health Enters Hospice Market with First Choice Acquisition

Irvine, Calif.-based home health provider Jet Health Inc., has entered the hospice market with the acquisition of Boise, Idaho-based First Choice Home Health and Hospice for an undisclosed amount. First Choice, initially a home health provider, began offering hospice care in 2012 after completing a merger with area hospice A Better Way Home. The company […]

Choice Homecare Acquires Legacy Hospice

Tyler, Tex.-based Choice Homecare of Texas LLC., a holding company focused on health care businesses,  has acquired Legacy Hospice, also based in Tyler and Sulphur Springs, Tex., for an undisclosed amount. Legacy will rebrand as Choice Hospice. The transaction marks Choice’s fifth acquisition since Jan. 1, 2018. In addition to hospice, Choice’s holdings include home […]

Study: 62% of Hospice Clinicians Experience Burnout

More than 62% of hospice and palliative care clinicians have suffered from burnout, research indicates. As hospices contend with widespread staff shortages across all disciplines, staff burnout threatens to increase turnover and cause some staff to leave the industry altogether. Factors leading to burnout included emotional exhaustion, working longer hours, being younger than 50-years-old, and […]

Proposed Ensign Spin-Off Won’t Slow Acquisitions Activity

The Ensign Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: ENSG), will not stop or slow its acquisition efforts while awaiting the finalization of their forthcoming hospice and home health spin-off, the Pennant Group. Ensign, a rehabilitation and health care services company, announced that it would spin off its hospice, home health, and senior living operations into a publicly traded […]

LHC Group Joint Venture Acquires SSM Health Hospice Assets

Joint venture partners LHC Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: LHCG) and Capital Region Medical Center (CRMC) have entered an agreement to purchase one hospice agency in Mexico, Mo., as well as two home health agencies, one located in Jefferson City, Mo. Financial terms of the transaction were undisclosed. The joint venture expects the transaction to close before […]

Ensign Group Spins Off Hospice and Home Health Segment

The Ensign Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: ENSG), will separate its hospice and home health segments into a publicly traded entity called The Pennant Group, Inc., with the split expected to complete in the 4th quarter of the year, pending regulatory, legal and board approval. Pennant will include 60 home health and hospice agencies, 51 senior living […]