Amedisys Closes Asana Hospice Acquisition

Amedisys, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMED) has closed its purchase of Asana Hospice for an undisclosed amount. Asana Hospice, which operates eight locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Missouri, Kansas and Texas, has an average daily census of 540. Following closure of this transaction, Amedisys hospice portfolio will rise to 146 locations in 33 states. “Since our founding, Asana […]

Improving Health Literacy Could Boost Access to Hospice, Palliative Care

A lack of health literacy may pose a barrier to patients receiving hospice or palliative care, including delaying their entry into hospice. Patients who lack an understanding of health care information or terminology, do not understand their own illnesses, or who misconstrue the nature of hospice or palliative care may lack the necessary tools to […]

Traditions Health Acquires Guiding Hospice

Traditions Health, LLC has purchased privately owned Round Rock, Texas-based Guiding Hospice, growing the company’s footprint in the Austin area. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Traditions is a portfolio company of family-owned investment firm Dorilton Capital Advisors.  This is the latest in a string of acquisitions by Traditions Health, which operates in […]

Palliative Care Growth a 2020 Priority

The palliative care field can expect to see continued growth during 2020 despite the lack of a dedicated Medicare payment model, a continued need to raise public awareness, and ongoing staffing shortages.  About half of the community-based palliative care providers in the United States are hospices, according to recent research from the Center to Advance […]

Care Dimensions Achieves 1.38% Readmission Rate Via Telehealth

Massachusetts-based hospice provide Care Dimensions has reduced its average 30-day hospital readmissions rate to 1.38% during the course of one year for patients who are enrolled in the company’s telehealth program. Care Dimensions has worked in concert with technology company Health Recovery Solutions (HRS) to expand its program to a higher number of patients. The […]

CMS Accepting Applications for Medicare Advantage Hospice Carve-In

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a Request For Applications (RFAs) for Medicare Advantage plans to offer the Medicare Hospice benefit to their enrollees in the Medicare Advantage Value Based Insurance Design (VBID) Model. The long awaited and much debated Medicare Advantage hospice carve-in demonstration is set to begin Jan. […]

Advance Care Planning Associated with Longer Survival at End of Life

Advance care planning is associated with longer life among terminally ill patients, a recent study in BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care found.  Through advance care planning, patients make clear their wishes and goals for end-of-life care and communicate that information to their clinicians as well as their families. Advance care plans also typically include the […]

Looking Ahead: Hospice in 2020

The hospice space is evolving and providers will likely spend much of 2020 girding themselves for more change, including movement towards value-based payment models, accelerating industry consolidation, and possible changes to reimbursement, among others. At the forefront of many hospice leaders’ minds will be how they should gear up for the Medicare Advantage hospice carve-in […]

Integriti3D Launches Hospice-Centered Governance Program

California-based Integriti3D, a hospice and palliative care management consulting firm, has unveiled its Hospice Governance Academy, a program designed to help providers optimize their boards of directors. The program is focused entirely on the hospice and palliative care fields. The program features a self-guided eLearning platform for board development. Educational materials include a series of […]

LHC Group to Purchase Egan Home Health & Hospice

LHC Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: LHCG) and its joint venture partner Ochsner Health System have agreed to acquire five Egan Home Health and Hospice locations in Louisiana. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.   The companies launched the joint venture, called Southeast Louisiana HomeCare, in 2009. The Egan deal is expected to close on Jan. […]