OIG: CMS Needs to Stop Paying for Some Hospice-Related Drugs Twice

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) needs to do more to make sure taxpayer dollars aren’t being wasted when it comes to paying for hospice patients’ drugs, a report released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) found. As part of an ongoing audit […]

Addus to Acquire Hospice Partners of America for $130M

Addus Homecare Corp announced it has entered into an agreement to purchase Hospice Partners of America (HPA) for $130 million in cash. Headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, HPA serves an average of 1,000 patients per day through 21 states and annualized revenue of approximately $55 million. “This acquisition is consistent with, and supports our strategy of […]

Bill Introduced to Expand Access to Hospice Care in Rural Areas

A new bill was introduced Thursday in the Senate to expand access to hospice care in rural areas. Introduced by U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), the bill is designed to remove a statutory barrier in current law and allow people to receive hospice care from their local trusted primary care […]

Tennessee Hospice Forms Multi-state Health System

Tennessee-based Hospice of Chattanooga has rebranded its network of hospice and palliative care providers as Alleo Health System. “Over the last few years, Hospice of Chattanooga has experienced tremendous growth as we have expanded both in geographic reach and scope of services,” Tracy Wood, president and CEO of Hospice of Chattanooga said. “As we continue […]

A.I. Helps Shape the Future of Hospice Care

Artificial intelligence technology is in its infancy, but hospice organizations are already applying the technology to provide patient support, reduce costs, and improve efficiency. “AI systems tend to make fewer mistakes than humans and can help in providing extra layer of assurance and inspection,” Jye Su principal analyst for ABI Research told Hospice News. “This […]