United States Ranks High in Palliative Care Access

The United States is in the top tier compared to other nations in terms of patient access to palliative care, though much of the country remains underserved despite rising demand. Only 14% of the global population has access to palliative care at the highest level of provision, with the highest concentrations in European countries, according […]

Average Hospice Length of Stay on the Rise

The average length of stay for hospice patients in the United States rose 5% to 77.9 days during 2018, up from 74.5 days in 2017, according to a new report from health care data analytics firm Trella Health. Length of stay has been a double-edged sword for the hospice industry. A main goal for most […]

The Top 10 Largest Hospice Providers of 2019

Though the hospice space remains fragmented, mergers and acquisitions are driving up market share, particularly for large providers. Along with service diversification and application of emerging technologies, M&A is helping to drive growth among the organizations named in LexisNexis Top 100 Hospices of 2019. With 4.5% of market share, VITAS Healthcare, a subsidiary of Chemed […]

Misconceptions About Hospice Care Persist Among U.S. Public

A large proportion of U.S. adults continue to have a limited understanding of hospice care, and misperceptions continue to persist, according to a new MorseLife Hospice and Palliative Care survey. Nearly 40% of people in the United States believe that the sole purpose of hospice care is to sedate patients approaching the end of life […]

Advance Care Planning Does Not Reduce Health Care Utilization

Although patients who have advance care plans have higher rates of hospice utilization, these plans do not reduce the likelihood that a patient would seek aggressive treatments at the end of life, a new study has found.  Health care providers and payers are giving increasing attention to advance care planning as a benefit to patients […]

More Patients with Cardiovascular Disease Dying at Home

More patients suffering from cardiovascular disease are dying in their homes rather than in the hospital, a new study has found. However, racial and socioeconomic disparities continue to have an impact on where patients end their lives. Between 2003 and 2017 nearly 31% of patients suffering from conditions such as heart failure, ischemic heart disease, […]

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 […]

Hospice Leads to Higher Satisfaction for Kidney Disease Patients

Care focused on extending life rather than comfort among patients with advanced chronic kidney disease correlated with lower patient and family satisfaction whether or not the patients had received dialysis, according to a recent study published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Receipt of hospice or palliative care was associated with […]

Many Critical Care Nurses Unprepared to Provide Palliative Care

Critical care nurses say they feel unprepared to provide palliative care or hospice care, according to a recent study, underscoring the need to address growing clinical staff shortages in those fields.  More than 500 critical care nurses across seven intensive care units in a Virginia-based academic health center responded to a survey designed to measure […]

Access to Hospital Palliative Care Growing in United States

The availability of hospital-based palliative programs is growing nationwide, though some regions remain underserved according to new research by the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC). Patients in the northeastern United States who suffer from serious illness have significantly greater access to palliative care programs that individuals in other parts of the country. Currently 72% […]