AccentCare, Seasons Hospice Complete Merger

Post-acute care company AccentCare and Rosemont, Ill.-based Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care have completed their planned merger, having cleared customary regulatory and governance hurdles. The combined company will provide a full continuum of home-based health care services, including hospice, palliative care, home health care and personal care. AccentCare is a portfolio company of the private equity […]

Omnibus Federal Spending Bill Contains Major Hospice Provisions

After much debate, the U.S. Congress approved Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, which will keep the government running and fund federal agencies into the new year. The bill, which the president is expected to sign, includes hospice-specific line items intended to improve rural access to services and retool regulatory enforcement, as well as provide COVID-19 […]

NHPCO VP: Be Ready for More Federal Scrutiny

A 40-year veteran of the hospice community, Judi Lund Person, is the vice president for regulatory and compliance for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. She actively works with the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to ensure that hospice has a seat at the table when policy and payment decisions are […]

Hospice Leaders’ 2021 Predictions: Industry Change is Accelerating

In the midst of sweeping industry-wide change, hospices are still contending with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that has affected almost every aspect of their businesses. As this difficult year comes to a close, hospice leaders are looking ahead to 2021 with their minds on leveraging the expansion of telehealth, encouraging equitable access to care, industry […]

Merida Group Owner Gets 20-Year Prison Sentence for Hospice Fraud

U.S. District Court Judge Rolanda Olvera ordered Rodney Mesquias, owner of the hospice and home health company Merida Group, to serve a 20-year  federal prison sentence as well as pay $120 million in restitution. San Antonio-based Merida Group operates dozens of locations throughout Texas. While false claims cases are relatively common in the hospice space. […]

Empath Health, Stratum Health Merger Moving Forward

Post-acute care providers Empath Health and Stratum Health have received approval to merge from their boards of directors, clearing the way for the deal to close. Regulatory approval is pending and is expected to come through in Jan. 2021. Empath and Stratum are parent companies of Suncoast Hospice and Tidewell hospice, respectively. Their merged enterprise […]

U.S. Health Care Spending Rose to $3.8 Trillion in 2019

U.S. health care expenditures rose 4.6% to $3.8 trillion during 2019, growing at a similar rate to 2018, which saw a 4.7% increase, according to a new study in the journal Health Affairs. These data come at a time when hospices are working to demonstrate their cost saving capabilities to payers in value-based payment programs, […]

SCAN Group Intensifies Focus on Diversity, Health Care Equity

SCAN Group, parent company of SCAN Health Plan, is going all-in on promoting diversity among its patient population and staff. The company has created a new executive position to focus on those issues, tapping Timshel Tarbet as its new vice president of business excellence and diversity strategy. Diversity and equitable access to care has been […]

HHS Distributes $24.5 Million in Relief Funds to Health Care Providers

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is distributing $24.5 billion to more than 70,000 health care providers nationwide following a review of the program’s Phase 3 applications. Thus far the agency has not indicated how much of those funds will be allocated to hospices. The CARES Act, enacted on March 27, earmarked […]

Direct Contracting an Avenue for Growth at Landmark Health

Landmark Health is opening up new pathways to growth via participation in the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation’s (CMMI) direct contracting program. Landmark has historically served Medicare Advantage beneficiaries, but the new payment models set to launch in 2021 will give the company access to the larger traditional Medicare population.  The U.S. Centers for […]