Acquisitions Boost Encompass Health Hospice Q4 2018 Revenues 74.1%

Acquisitions were the primary driver of strong financial performance for the Encompass Health (NYSE: EHC) hospice segment during 2018. The company acquired 22 new hospice locations last year, with the majority coming from the purchase of Camella Healthcare for $135 million in May. In fourth quarter 2018 hospice operations grew revenues to $35 million, up […]

Non-profit Hospice Grows Business Via Community Fundraising

Non-profit hospice care providers are discovering ways to harness community resources to expand their businesses. A recent example is Hospice of Wichita Falls, which has raised $12 million in donations to finance expansion of its hospice services in North Texas. The organization’s fundraising goal for the project is $15 million. A significant portion of the […]

Payors Report Substantial Increases in Medicare Advantage Enrollment

Leading U.S. insurance companies have reported a surge in Medicare Advantage membership during the 2019 enrollment period. Humana on Feb. 6 was the latest to report, citing a full year 2019 individual Medicare Advantage membership increase of 375,000 to 400,000 members, up 12% to 13% from 2018. Earlier this week Centene and WellCare also reported […]

CMS Releases Top Hospice Survey Deficiencies for 2018

The US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the top deficiencies identified during recertification surveys for hospices during 2018. As in previous years, problems with care planning topped the list. Hospices are required to ensure that the care and services they provide follow an individualized written care plan developed by the interdisciplinary […]

VITAS Opens 13,000-Foot Inpatient Hospice Unit in Dallas

VITAS Healthcare—the largest provider of hospice care in the United States— on Feb. 6 opened a 13,000-square-foot inpatient hospice unit at Methodist Dallas Medical Center. The new facility enables VITAS to treat hospice patients whose symptoms have become unmanageable in the home care setting. The unit will begin accepting referrals by the end of February […]

Private Equity Interest in Hospice Acquisition Expected to Rise in 2019

As more private equity firms enter the post-acute health care arena, hospice organizations are increasingly pursuing mergers and acquisitions as a growth strategy, according to the recently released 4th quarter 2018 Home Health & Hospice Update from Provident Healthcare Partners. “As health systems seek to reduce cost, we expect increased utilization of home health and […]

Hospice Training Bill Moves Forward in House

Rep. Eliot L. Engel (D-NY) and bipartisan co-sponsors have reintroduced the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (H.R. 647) in the House of Representatives. This bill would provide funds to increase the number of permanent faculty in academic institutions that provide education and training for hospice and palliative care providers, with the ultimate […]

Regional Disparities Exist for Hospice Length of Stay

The length of stay for hospice patients in the south and western regions of the United States were higher than those in other regions during the second quarter of 2018. This according to a December report released by PlayMaker Health, a health care sales and marketing software company. In the southern United States, the average […]

Oregon Non-Profit Hospices Form Statewide Partnership

Four hospice organizations in Oregon have launched a new alliance under the brand Oregon Non-Profit Hospice Alliance (OHNA). Based in Hillsboro, Ore., the alliance is a new partnership founded by four hospice care providers currently serving nearly half of all Oregon counties. ONHA represents non-profit hospices throughout the state of Oregon. The partnership collects donations […]

Amedisys Completes Compassionate Care Hospice Deal for $340 Million

Louisiana-based Amedisys, Inc., a home health and personal care organization, has become the third largest provider of hospice care in the United States with the acquisition of Compassionate Care Hospice. Amedisys holds 100 percent ownership of the hospice organization, obtained for fixed price of $340 million. With this acquisition Amedisys serves 11,000 patients in 33 […]