Ohio Living Partners with Good Shepherd Home, Extends Hospice Footprint

Senior housing operator Ohio Living’s home health and hospice segment has entered into a partnership with Good Shepherd Home, allowing the company to extend its health care services to three additional counties in its home state. Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice, which serves the Toledo metropolitan area, and Good Shepherd have co-branded the initiative […]

ProPublica: COVID Patients Sent to Hospice Against Families’ Wishes

COVID-19 patients were discharged from New Orleans hospitals into their homes or a hospice facility against the wishes of their families, a recent ProPublica investigation alleged. Each of the affected families was African American, the report indicated. Though the Kaiser Health Foundation reports that more than 70% of people in the United States say they […]

Hospice Employees May Turn to Unions if Feeling Unheard

Listening to hospice employees and addressing their needs and concerns is essential to staff recruitment and retention. Failing to do this could also motivate staff to pursue unionization, according to lawyers from the firm Husch Blackwell.  Unionization is uncommon in hospice, but local media reports in some communities show that the movement has gained some […]

CMS Rolls Hospice Compare Into New Site

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has unveiled its online Care Compare tool that redesigns the agency’s eight quality reporting sites into a single resource, including Hospice Compare. CMS “Compare” websites are intended to aid Medicare beneficiaries in choosing a health care provider based on publicly reported quality data, among other information. […]

Alleo’s ABC Hospice Develops Specialized Dementia Services

Alabama-based ABC Hospice, a portfolio company of the nonprofit Alleo Health System, has put in motion a new initiative to support patients suffering from symptoms of dementia, even if that is not the primary diagnosis.  Branded as Memorable Journey, the program is tailored to the unique needs of dementia patients. About 15.6% of hospice recipients […]

New AccentCare-Fairview Venture to Provide Hospice Care in Minnesota

AccentCare Inc. is establishing a new post-acute care organization with Fairview Health Services, which will offer hospice, home health and other care. AccentCare will be majority owner of the company with Fairview maintaining 20% ownership.  The newly formed company, branded as AccentCare® Fairview, will be Fairview’s preferred post-acute provider and will serve patients throughout Minnesota. […]

CMS to Require COVID Tests for Hospice Staff Visiting Nursing Homes

Hospice staff visiting patients in nursing homes must undergo testing for COVID-19 at a frequency determined by the prevalence of the virus in their location. This is required under an interim final rule from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). While the final rule pertains specifically to nursing homes, it applies to […]

Alleo Health System Acquires Angel Heart Hospice

Alleo Health System has acquired Atlanta-based Angel Heart Hospice, as well as that company’s palliative care services, for an undisclosed amount. This continues Alleo’s growth trajectory as the company has pursued a number of acquisitions and developed new disease-specific programs this year.  This move expands Alleo’s footprint to eight additional Georgia counties. In Georgia, 51% […]

LHC Group, University Health Care System Joint Venture to Include Hospice

Hospice and home health provider LHC Group (NASDAQ: LHCG) has agreed to create a joint venture with Augusta, Ga.-based University Health Care System to expand hospice and home health services in eight cities throughout Georgia and South Carolina. Two LHC Group hospice locations will comprise the joint venture with three University Health home health providers, […]

NHPCO: Fostering Trust Key to Reaching Patients Underserved by Hospice

Hospices must work to foster trust among minority and ethnic communities that are underserved by hospice, particularly during a pandemic that has disproportionately impacted people of color, according to a new position paper from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s (NHPCO) Diversity Advisory Council. Demographic populations that historically have been underserved by hospice are […]