Emmanuel Hospice Unveils Virtual Reality Program

Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Emmanuel Hospice has launched a virtual reality program to bring patients additional relief and to differentiate their hospice from its competitors. Using a combination of virtual reality headsets, a handheld device and smartphone applications, patients can use the system to explore accurately depicted locales such as Paris or Amsterdam, as well as […]

Lack of Palliative Care Definition Impacts Patients, Hospice Business

Community-based palliative care is expanding exponentially nationwide with hospice providers at the forefront, but efforts to build care and payment models are hitting a wall due to the lack of a standardized definition for those services. Patients and families who are facing serious illness need palliative care, and providers need sustainable payment and clinical models. […]

CMS Outlines Patient On-boarding in New Serious Illness Payment Model

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has unveiled its process for identifying and on-boarding patients who are eligible for coverage under the Seriously Ill Population (SIP) payment model, part of the Primary Care First initiative. However, hospice organizations continue to seek additional answers about the workings of the model. CMS in April […]

Bill Would Allow Hospice Recertification Via Telehealth

A bipartisan group of congressional legislators have introduced corresponding bills in the House and the Senate that would allow hospice physicians to re-certify patients via telehealth systems, among other provisions. Current Medicare Conditions of Participation require a hospice physician to meet with a patient face-to-face as part of the recertification process that initiates after the […]

Rising Admissions Fuels Growth at VITAS Healthcare

VITAS Healthcare has seen substantial growth in same-store admissions during the third quarter of the year, boosting its revenues, according to financial results posted by the hospice provider’s parent company, Chemed Corp. (NYSE: CHE). VITAS admissions rose 4.4% from Q3 2018’s numbers to 17,131 patients. This is slightly stronger than the company’s second-quarter 2019 admissions […]

Acquisitions Spur Amedisys’ Hospice Growth

Amedisys Inc. (NASDAQ: AMED) is continuing to use acquisitions to build up its hospice footprint as the company braces for disruption to its home health care business stemming from the forthcoming transition to the patient driven groupings model (PDGM).  In the third quarter of 2019 Amedisys hospice segment revenue rose to $162 million, a 57% […]

Alacare Purchase Pays Off for Encompass Health

Encompass Health Corp.’s (NYSE: EHC) recently closed acquisition of Alacare Home Health & Hospice for $217.5 million spurred significant revenue growth in the third quarter. The company’s hospice segment earnings rose 53.7% between Q3 2019 and Q3 2018. A nearly 6% rise in same-store admissions also boosted Encompass Health’s third quarter performance. The company’s average […]

More Patients with Cardiovascular Disease Dying at Home

More patients suffering from cardiovascular disease are dying in their homes rather than in the hospital, a new study has found. However, racial and socioeconomic disparities continue to have an impact on where patients end their lives. Between 2003 and 2017 nearly 31% of patients suffering from conditions such as heart failure, ischemic heart disease, […]

House Approves Hospice Education Act

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA), according to the office of Rep. Eliot Engels (D-N.Y.). The bill, which Engels introduced in January, had 294 bipartisan cosponsors. If enacted, PCHETA would establish fellowship programs within new palliative care and hospice education centers to provide short-term, […]

Enclara, Ohio’s Hospice Collaborate on Medication Efficiency

Enclara Pharmacia, a provider of PBM services for hospice and palliative care, is partnering with Ohio’s Hospice to build efficiencies into the organization’s medication management processes. Ohio’s Hospice will use Enclara’s E3 Mobile application, which is interoperable with the organizations electronic medical records system, clinicians, and the pharmacy. The application is designed to reduce necessary […]