House Approves Hospice Education Act

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA), according to the office of Rep. Eliot Engels (D-N.Y.). The bill, which Engels introduced in January, had 294 bipartisan cosponsors. If enacted, PCHETA would establish fellowship programs within new palliative care and hospice education centers to provide short-term, […]

Enclara, Ohio’s Hospice Collaborate on Medication Efficiency

Enclara Pharmacia, a provider of PBM services for hospice and palliative care, is partnering with Ohio’s Hospice to build efficiencies into the organization’s medication management processes. Ohio’s Hospice will use Enclara’s E3 Mobile application, which is interoperable with the organizations electronic medical records system, clinicians, and the pharmacy. The application is designed to reduce necessary […]

CMS Delays Primary Care First Implementation to 2021

Though the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is now accepting applications to participate in the agency’s new Primary Care First payment models, the agency has delayed the program’s launch to 2021, as opposed to the original Jan. 1, 2020 date. CMS moved the start date to allow stakeholders more time to consider participation, […]

CMS: Hospices Can Now Apply to Primary Care First

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has opened the online application period for the Primary Care First payment models. The agency announced the program in April and will implement the models in phases beginning in January 2021, initially in 26 regions throughout the United States. Hospices and palliative care organizations are eligible […]

Home-Based Primary Care May Be Hospices’ Next Frontier

As hospices seek new ways to engage patients further upstream, a rising number are diversifying their services to include home-based primary care, along with palliative care and other care models. Evidence indicates that these primary care programs carry substantial benefits for patients and families and can have a significant positive impact on a hospice’s bottom […]

Empath Health VP: Break Down Demographic Barriers to Hospice Care

Disparities among demographic groups related to access to care, as well as the quality of that care, have been widespread for decades across the health care system, and hospice is no exception. To help their organization address this issue, Clearwater, Fla.-based hospice, palliative care and home health care provider Empath Health has appointed Karen Davis-Pritchett […]

Hospices to Focus on Reducing Hospitalizations Under Value-Based Models

Ensuring that patients avoid unnecessary hospitalizations will be a key value proposition for hospice and palliative care providers, particularly when working within value-based payment models such as the forthcoming Medicare Advantage hospice carve-in in 2021 and the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ new Primary Cares Initiative, set to begin in 2020. These emerging […]

Study: Analytics Boosted Palliative Consults 74%

Researchers at Penn Medicine, a component of the University of Pennsylvania, have developed a predictive analytics system that increased the organization’s number of palliative care consultations by 74%. The system, called Palliative Connect, extracts clinical data from an organization’s electronic medical records and uses machine learning to analyze 30 factors of a patient’s likely prognosis […]

CMS Primary Cares to Include New Track for High-Cost Patients

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is planning to implement a payment model within its Primary Cares Initiative that would address the needs of patients associated with the highest health care costs. Few details about the model are available as the agency has not yet publicly announced the program. The program would […]

Revelstoke Invests in Hospice Provider The Care Team

Denver-based private equity firm Revelstoke Capital Partners has made a significant investment in Michigan-based hospice company The Care Team, a large provider in the Great Lakes region. The two companies would not divulge the investment dollar amount, but the move contributes to a growing trend of private equity interest in the hospice space. Revelstoke indicated […]