Hospice, Palliative Care Providers: Let Policymakers Hear Your Voice During Pandemic

Though little is certain, direct organizational contact with state and federal agencies and legislators has the potential to move action forward that could benefit the hospice and palliative care communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as encouraging staff to contact their own representatives. State and federal agencies are taking steps to help alleviate the […]

Earlier Hospice Referral a Priority for Bereaved Families

A wish among bereaved families of hospice patients is that their loved one had been referred to hospice earlier, new research has found. Researchers from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute surveyed 140 bereaved family members to evaluate their experiences of the clinical care their loved one received and the perceived effect this care had on […]

70 Nonprofit Providers Establish Hospice Hotline

The 70 nonprofit hospice providers that comprise the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation (NPHI) have set up a hotline for patients, caregivers and families who need home- or community-based end-of-life or palliative care.  The number for the new hotline is (844)-GET-NPHI [(844) 438-6744].  “Making the decision to receive hospice, advanced illness or palliative care can […]

Hospice Industry to Congress: “We Need Support”

A coalition of hospice industry groups has written to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) asking Congress to take legislative action to help hospices endure the ongoing pandemic and continue to provide care to patients and families.  The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), the National […]

Hospice Providers Will Weather the COVID-19 Storm

While much of the nation grinds to a halt amid the COVID-19 pandemic, hospice providers remain on the move — providing essential care to suffering patients and families in their homes and communities. In my observations of the hospice community, going the extra mile seems to be a matter of course for providers. Nurses have […]

CMS Expands Telehealth for Hospice, Other Providers During COVID-19 Outbreak

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is expanding the use of telehealth to help patients, families and clinicians practice social distancing during the ongoing pandemic. To date, CMS has not confirmed whether hospice physicians will be able to conduct certifications or recertifications using telehealth rather than the currently required face-to-face encounter. CMS […]

Charter Health Group Acquires Hospices in Nevada and Arizona

Charter Health Care Group, a portfolio company of the private equity firm Pharos Capital Group, has purchased St. Luke’s Home Hospice in Las Vegas and Phoenix-based Arizona Select Hospice for an undisclosed sum. Both of those providers were part of the VeraCare Hospice system. California-based Charter provides a range of post-acute care services that include […]

CMS Waives Hospice Rules Amid COVID-19 Emergency

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued an 1135 waiver to relax certain rules and conditions of participation (CoPs) for hospices and other health care providers after the White House declared a national emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Declaration of a national disaster allows the U.S. Secretary of Health […]

Empath Health Community Outreach Director: Connect with Underserved Populations 

Laurie Tillotson-Colbert was recently tapped to be director of provider and community relations for Empath Health, which among other holdings owns and operates Suncoast Hospice in Florida. In this role, Tillotson-Colbert will lead teams who will work to develop professional relationships with care and referral partners as well as community outreach, including engagement with populations that […]

Chapters Health System Doubles Hospice Footprint in Florida

The Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration has awarded a certificate of need to Tampa-based Chapters Health System that will double the nonprofit provider’s hospice presence in that state. “At Chapters Health, we are always looking for opportunities to increase and expand access to quality health care for a greater number of individuals in our communities […]