Regional CEO: Run Nonprofit Hospice Like a For-Profit

Since taking the helm of Danbury, Conn.-based Regional Hospice & Palliative Care in 2007, Cynthia Emiry Roy has taken the nonprofit hospice from a small business to an organization with more than $18 million in assets. Earlier this year she was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Western Connecticut University. Regional provided more than 45,000 […]

Experts Share Strategies to Reduce Hospice Medication Costs

Medications are a top expense for hospice providers, who are dependent on capitated per diem payments from Medicare. Hospices can’t increase the amount of their income per patient, so they must rely on creating efficiencies and effective cost management to raise their margins. In addition to medications themselves, hospices spend time, effort and money on […]

Report: 60% of Patients Needing Palliative Care Do Not Receive It

Close to 60% of patients who would benefit from palliative care do not receive those services, despite the availability of community-based palliative care as well as hospital-based palliative care, according to a new report from the New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst Insights Council.  NEJM Catalyst is a think tank composed of health care executives, […]

Net Health to Acquire Optima Health Solutions

Pittsburgh-based health care software company Net Health has agreed to purchase electronic medical record (EMR) solutions firm Optima Health Solutions for an undisclosed amount. The companies expect the transaction to close later this month. Upon closing, Optima will begin operating under the Net Health brand. The company develops cloud-based EMR systems designed for hospice, contract […]

Community Hospice, Turn-Key Health Partner on Palliative Care

Forth Worth, Tex.-based Community Hospice of Texas and Providence Hospice is collaborating with technology firm Turn-Key Health, a subsidiary of Enclara Healthcare, to form a new community-based palliative care program to serve members of Medicare Advantage plans. Through the partnership, Community Hospice is leveraging Turn-Key’s Palliative Illness Management (PIM) application, which uses predictive analytics to […]

Ohio SNFs No Longer Bill Room & Board for Hospice Patients

The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) now requires managed care plans in that state to make room and board payments directly to hospice providers whose patients reside at skilled nursing facilities (SNF). The rule became effective July 1.  ODM now requires the hospice to bill for room and board services provided at SNFs. The Buckeye […]

Interim HealthCare to Expand Dementia Program to the U.K.

Florida-based post-acute and hospice care franchisor Interim HealthCare, a subsidiary of Caring Brands International, is expanding its specialized dementia care program to the United Kingdom. Staff in the United Kingdom will begin training for the program later this month. All 325 of Interim’s franchisees in 44 states currently offer the program, which was launched in […]

Hospice of Southern Maine to Build Home Hospice Center

Hospice of Southern Maine has broken ground on a new 14,550 square-foot, $6.7 million Home Hospice Center to serve as the hub for its in-home hospice clinical teams, currently serving more than 200 patients daily in 66 southern Maine communities. The hospice expects the facility to open in the summer of 2020. In addition to […]

A Deeper Dive into Primary Care First, Where Hospice Fits

Though new payment models under the auspices of Medicare’s new Primary Care First initiative are designed for primary care providers, hospice and palliative care providers have a role to play. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in April announced that they would implement Primary Care First in phases beginning in Jan. 2020, […]

Capital Caring, Netsmart Partner on EHR Interoperability

Kansas-based health care technology firm Netsmart is partnering with Virginia-based nonprofit hospice provider Capital Caring to improve IT interoperability and improve workflows. Capital Caring will use the Netsmart’s myUnity electronic health record (EHR) system to reduce paper records and allow clinicians to receive patient data electronically to avoid unnecessary data entry. The system interfaces with […]