The Health Group’s Ryan Lindsay: Amazon Will Change How Hospices Do Business

The health care industry at large is rapidly changing, and this is having a ripple effect on hospice providers. Among the factors driving are massive companies not traditionally associated with health care entering the space, such as Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) and Walmart (NYSE: WMT).  Amazon, for example, recently indicated that it was pursuing nationwide expansion […]

NHPCO’s Banach: A Community-Based Palliative Benefit May Come in 2021

A community-based palliative care benefit may emerge from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services during 2021, according to National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) President and CEO Edo Banach. Though nothing is certain, Banach told Hospice News that factors exist that make it more likely to occur, including the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently […]

Acclivity Health Launches Interoperability Network

Technology firm Acclivity Health has launched a new system to coordinate clinical care and support resources for seriously ill patients, initially in 38 states. The Connected Community Interoperability Framework includes a network of corporate and organizational partners that includes tech companies Axxess, Muse Healthcare and MatrixCare, as well as the National Hospice & Palliative Care […]

Mission Health Expands with Orange County De Novo

San Diego-based Mission Healthcare has opened a de novo in Orange County, Calif., the company’s fourteenth location. Mission’s footprint has been concentrated in the southern portion of its home state but is gradually moving north, starting with the recent acquisition of Alliance Home Health & Hospice for an undisclosed amount. Mission is a portfolio company […]

House Votes to Extend Sequestration Moratorium for Hospice, Other Providers

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to extend the moratorium on Medicare payment sequestration through Dec. 31. The moratorium, established through the CARES Act, was set to expire March 31. The bill will now go to the Senate. In Dec. 2020 Reps. Brad Schneider (D-IL) and David McKinley (R-WV) introduced the Medicare Sequester COVID Moratorium […]

Silverstone Hospice Leverages Volunteerism to Grow Workforce

Silverstone Hospice has a growing presence in its home state of Texas. The company emerged last year with the acquisition of Comfort Care in the Dallas-Ft. Worth market. Since its inception, Silverstone has been built on a foundation of volunteerism. A number of staff, including CEO Alfonso Montiel, first came to the hospice industry through […]

Agape Care CEO: ‘We’re Poised for Multistate Expansion’

South Carolina-headquartered hospice provider Agape Care Group recently moved into Georgia where it will serve 12 counties, marking the company’s first venture outside of its home state of South Carolina. With that de novo under its belt, Agape Care has plans to expand in a number of Southeastern states, primarily through acquisitions.  Agape is a […]

Hospice Leverage Emerging Technologies to Build Efficiency

Hospices are seeking to build new levels of efficiency into their workflows as they contend with COVID-19 headwinds and prepare for participation in value-based payment models. A rising number of providers are turning to emerging technologies to support those efforts including artificial intelligence, telehealth and robotic process automation. Payment models that are newly available to […]

MEDPAC Calls for Cuts to Hospice Payment Cap

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MEDPAC) has recommended to Congress that Medicare base payment rates for hospice for Fiscal Year 2022 remain at current levels and to cut by 20% the hospice aggregate cap. The commission also recommended that the aggregate cap be wage adjusted. The payment cap is the upper limit to the amount […]

Chemed CEO: Hospice Referrals from Senior Housing Will Rebound in 2021

Headwinds stemming from a lack of access to senior housing facilities during the pandemic took a toll on hospice providers’ margins during 2020, but that market is expected to rebound as the year progresses. The pace of that change remains uncertain, according to Keven McNamara, president and CEO of Chemed Corp. (NYSE: CHE). Chemed is […]