COVID is Delaying Private Equity Hospice Transactions

While private equity interest in the hospice space remains hot, some players have abandoned or postponed plans to bring their holdings to the acquisitions market during the COVID-19 pandemic. While many expect the market to rebound by the third or fourth quarter of the year, nothing is certain as COVID cases continue to spike throughout […]

Hospices Could Gain from Skilled Nursing Decline During Pandemic

Though hospice providers have taken their hits from COVID-19, one possible side effect is a possible surge in patients seeking services in the home rather than institutional care due to fears of possible infection. This according to Amedisys (NASDAQ: AMED) CEO Paul Kusserow, speaking at the BMO Capital Markets’ 2020 Prescription for Success Healthcare Virtual […]

Three Oaks Bullish on Hospice Growth

Texas-based Three Oaks Hospice entered the market in May 2019 and almost immediately completed three acquisitions. A year later, the organization is poised for continued expansion via acquisitions and de novos.  The company expects to extend its reach to a number of new markets within its home state of Texas during the second quarter of […]

Livio Health, Minnesota Oncology Partner on Palliative, Supportive Care

Minneapolis-based Livio Health has launched a partnership with cancer care provider Minnesota Oncology to offer home-based palliative care to Medicare Advantage beneficiaries covered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. Livio will provide care to Minnesota Oncology patients in their homes through interdisciplinary teams including nurse practitioners, social workers and nursing care coordinators with […]

Changemakers: End Well Founder Shoshana Ungerleider, M.D.

Shoshana Ungerleider, M.D., is an internist at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco and executive producer of the Academy Award-nominated end-of-life documentaries Extremis and End Game. Ungerleider founded End Well, an organization with the mission of creating a cultural shift to normalize discussions about the end of life with the goal of improving quality […]

CMS Extends Deadline for Direct Contracting Letters of Intent

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) will accept Letters of Intent from hospices and other providers that seek to participate in the professional or global Primary Care First Direct Contracting models until July 6.  The direct contracting options include three voluntary payment models that are designed to help the U.S. Centers for Medicare […]

Caring Brands International Acquires Irish Hospice, Home Care Franchise

Caring Brands International (CBI) has acquired Bluebird Care Master, a home care, hospice and personal care franchise company located in the Republic of Ireland. CBI is a portfolio company of Levine Leichtman Capital Partners (LLCP). Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The transaction gives CBI franchising rights throughout Ireland under the Bluebird Care […]

Partners in Care Unveils 14,600-sq ft.Hospice House

Bend-Ore.-based hospice and palliative care provider Partners in Care has established plans for a 14,600-square-foot Hospice House in its local community. The facility will offer inpatient hospice care for patients whose symptoms cannot be managed in the home, as well as respite care. The facility, expected to begin operations in late 2021, will include 12-suites […]

Saratoga Hospital Expands Palliative Care Program Beyond Inpatients

New York state-based Saratoga Hospice has launched a community-based palliative care program, citing increased demand for those services. This continues a trend in recent years of acute care providers moving into home-based care. Saratoga Hospital for many years has provided palliative care to their inpatients. This expanded program will extend their reach into patient homes […]

The Rising Tide of Pediatric Hospice, Palliative Care

Though seniors receive most of the hospice care in the United States, a rising number of hospice and palliative care providers are focusing more of their attention on a very different patient population: children with serious or terminal illness. More than 47% of hospice patients in 2017 were older than 85, according to the National […]