Rise in Days of Care Buoys VITAS During Pandemic

Like most health care providers, VITAS Healthcare is feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the company appears to be riding out the storm based on its first quarter results.  VITAS saw 10.1% increase in hospice revenues from prior year during Q1, with increased days of care as a prime contributor. VITAS is a […]

Importance of Tech Interoperability Rising for Hospices

As hospice and palliative care providers turn more towards telehealth and remote patient monitoring during the COVID-19 pandemic, a rising number are directing their attention towards the question of interoperability: How can the multiple electronics systems communicate with each other and interface with the providers electronic medical records system? A step beyond linking their own […]

Amedisys to Acquire AseraCare Hospice for $235 Million

Hospice and home health provider Amedisys, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMED) has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Texas-based AseraCare Hospice for a cash purchase price of $235 million. Amedisys has had its eye on AseraCare for a number of years. “In 2016 we actually approached the AseraCare, and at that time they weren’t for sale. We’ve […]

CMS Ends Accelerated Payments To Hospice, Other Providers

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has ended its accelerated and advance payment program for all Medicare Part A and Part B providers and suppliers. The agency had implemented the program on March 28 in an effort to counter widespread disruption in the health care space due to the ongoing pandemic.  Part […]

Choice Homecare of Texas Acquires Nextgen Hospice

Choice Homecare of Texas, LLC has purchased Nextgen Hospice for an undisclosed sum. Nextgen will rebrand under the Choice name. Choice Homecare provides hospice, rehab services and home health care in more than 100 counties throughout Texas. The post-acute provider has been on a growth trajectory for a number of years both due to acquisitions […]

Hospices to Leverage Data Analytics in Value-Based Payment Models

Data management and analysis will become increasingly important as hospices move gradually closer to working in value-based payment environments. While current Medicare Hospice Benefit isn’t going away anytime soon, it stands to reason that at least a portion of hospice business will include a wider range of payment models, particularly with the advent of Primary […]

Chapters Health Works with Distillery on Hospice Hand Hygiene Supplies

Chapters Health System has partnered with Port Richey, Fla.-based The Point Distillery to help address ongoing hand sanitizer shortages for their hospice staff.  Hospices and other health care providers have been plagued with widespread supply shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic. Providers have been in dire need of additional supplies, with personal protective equipment (PPE) and […]

Feds Release $20 Billion in CARES Act Funds, Hospice Portion Unclear

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is distributing an additional $20 billion in funds from the CARES Act intended to help health care providers who have been financially clobbered by the COVID-19 pandemic. The proportion of this installment of funds that would go to hospices is unknown.  The CARES Act, enacted on […]

Hospices Can Use Telehealth Across All Professional Disciplines

While some hospice care definitely requires in-person visits, providers are able to involve telehealth in the full scope of interdisciplinary services during the novel coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) indicated in a conference call. The agency clarified that social workers, chaplains, nurses, physicians and members of other disciplines involved in […]