Cornerstone CEO: Leverage Hospice Skillsets to Spur Growth

Chuck Lee took the helm of Florida-based Cornerstone Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc. in 2013 after spending more than a decade as a hospice executive working to develop strategic plans, develop new leaders, grow census and expand service areas into new markets. He has also served as board chair for the Florida Hospice & Palliative […]

Hospice Sees Uptick in M&A Activity During Q2 2019

The hospice mergers & acquisitions market continues to be robust. Fourteen hospice transactions took place during the second quarter of 2019, up from eight hospice-related acquisitions during the first quarter, according to a report from M&A advisory firm Mertz-Taggart.  The hospice merger and acquisitions market has been thriving in recent years, with several top providers […]

Dementia Patients Likely to Receive Intense Treatment at End-of-Life

Nursing home residents with advanced dementia often receive burdensome interventions at the end-of-life rather than palliative care or hospice care, particularly among male patients, new research has found. Researchers examined the medical records of more than 27,200 nursing home residents in the late stages of dementia who died between June 1, 2010 and March 31, […]

Hospices Overcoming Challenges in Vetting Staff

Issues such as criminal background checks and credentialing and privileging are significant drivers of regulatory deficiencies among hospice providers, leading hospices to seek strategies to improve compliance. Inadequate vetting of staff was one of the most commonly occurring regulatory survey deficiencies discussed in recent reports from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office […]

Hospice of the Chesapeake Program Explores How Men Grieve

Maryland-based Hospice of the Chesapeake in September will launch a new bereavement care program focused on the unique ways that men grieve.  Men are less likely to express or discuss their grief following a loved one’s death, according to the 2010 book Grieving Beyond Gender: Understanding the Ways Men and Women Mourn, by K.J. Doka […]

More Stroke Patients Seeking Hospice Care

Hospice utilization among stroke patients is on the rise as an increasing number choose to end their lives in their homes, according to a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association-Neurology. More than 2 million people in the United States died as a result of cerebrovascular disease during the study period, which […]

Effective Comprehensive Assessments Prevent Hospice Survey Deficiencies

Hospices are taking stock of their comprehensive patient assessment processes in the wake of two government reports on quality deficiencies that received widespread media coverage. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released the reports in July, indicating that more than 87% of the 4,563 hospices operating in […]

United Healthcare, Nathan Adelson Deliver Fiscally Viable Palliative Care

Las Vegas-based Nathan Adelson Hospice has developed a unique, value-based contracting model with United Healthcare to provide financially sustainable palliative care to Medicaid-enrolled patients to improve their quality of life and reduce hospital readmissions.  Nearly 87% of the patients enrolled in the program suffer from cancer, though patients with congestive heart failure or chronic obstructive […]

St. Mary’s Health System Adds Home Palliative Care

Athens, Ga.-headquartered St. Mary’s Health System is expanding their hospital-based palliative care program outside of their walls and into patients’ homes in three Georgia counties. St. Mary’s has offered palliative care for its inpatients for a number of years. In 2010, the hospital installed two dedicated palliative care suites that include space for patient families. […]

St. Croix Hospice Acquires Hometown Hospice & Home Care

St. Paul, Minn.-based St. Croix Hospice has expanded its footprint in the Wisconsin market with the acquisition of Hometown Hospice & Homecare for an undisclosed amount. St. Croix is a subsidiary of the Chicago-based investment firm Vistria Group. Hometown, headquartered in the town of Brookfield, operates three hospice and home health care locations in eastern […]