Emergency Physicians Can Predict When a Patient Needs Hospice

Emergency department physicians are adept at predicting when a patient is likely to die and can facilitate patients’ access to hospice care earlier in the course of their illness, according to recent research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Network Open. However, improved communication and coordination between emergency department physicians and hospice medical […]

CEO Keith Myers: LHC Group is All-In on Hospice

Keith Myers co-founded LHC Group (NASDAQ: LHCG) in 1994 and has served as its chairman and CEO ever since. Today, the company’s platform, including all service lines, reaches 60% of the U.S. population aged 65 and older, LHC Group reported in an August earnings call. One of the largest hospice and home health providers in […]

Walmart to Partner with Amedisys on Expanding Hospice Care

Walmart (NYSE: WMT) is partnering with Amedisys (NYSE: AMED) to expand hospice utilization nationwide through the retail giant’s new health care arm Walmart Health.  Walmart Health contracts local health care providers in certain markets to provide primary care, laboratory services, dental optical, diagnostic imaging and other services that will now include hospice and home health, […]

Hospice Multiples Likely to Fall Under Medicare Advantage

Emerging payment models such as the forthcoming Medicare Advantage carve-in demonstration may start to bring down record-high hospice multiples in what continues to be a burgeoning mergers and acquisitions market, but falling multiples are unlikely to curtail widespread industry consolidation in the long term, hospice CEOs said at the Home Health Care News Summit conference […]

Hospice Margins Could Soar Under Primary Care First

Hospice providers that participate in the Primary Care First initiative’s Seriously Ill Population Model could see gross margins in excess of 20% to 25%, according to experts in health care payment models. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in April announced that they would implement Primary Care First in phases beginning in […]

Physician: Palliative Care Growth Requires Philosophical Changes

To ensure growth of palliative care availability and utilization, the health care system must help improve patients’ understanding of what palliative care actually is. Key to achieving this is a change of perspective on how clinicians, patients and families perceive treatment of serious illness, according to Adil Akhtar, M.D., an oncologist for the physician practice […]

Nonprofit Hospice Coalition Expands in Ohio

A rising number of nonprofit hospices are forming regional affiliations in an effort to remain competitive with large for-profit players in the space. One of the originators of this practice, Ohio’s Hospice, is seeing steady growth, engaging new member organizations and a completing a substantial renovation of its headquarters in Washington Township, Ohio.  Coalitions such […]

On the Horizon: Value-Based Hospice Care

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is experimenting with the concept of including hospice in value-based payment models, as evidenced by the forthcoming Medicare Advantage carve-in, the Medicare Care Choices model and the Primary Care First initiative. While the agency has no immediate plans to transform the Medicare Hospice Benefit’s per diem […]

St. Croix Hospice De Novo Expands Nebraska Footprint

St. Paul, Minn.-based St. Croix Hospice has expanded its footprint in Nebraska by adding a new location in the state’s Grand Island community. Establishment of the new office resulted from community stakeholder requests for additional hospice services in the area, according to the hospice. St. Croix is a subsidiary of the Chicago-based investment firm Vistria […]

Health Experts Propose Alternatives to Using Claims Data for Primary Care First Eligibility

As the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) prepares to launch the Primary Care First Seriously Ill Population payment model in 2020, the agency should consider mining data from the home health care population to identify eligible patients rather than claims data, a group of physicians argue in a recent editorial in Health […]