Hospice CEO: Care Must Move Upstream

Florida-based Community Hospice & Palliative Care, one of the largest nonprofit hospice providers in the nation, continues to see substantial growth. In 2019 alone, the hospice is opening a new inpatient unit, revamping its pediatric palliative care program, and launching a Program for All-Inclusive Care for elderly (PACE) location. CEO Susan Ponder-Stansel sees diversification of […]

VITAS CEO: Hospice Leaders Must be Advocates for Industry, Patients

Nick Westfall took the helm of VITAS Healthcare in 2016 after serving for four years as senior vice president of operations.  VITAS is the largest single-source provider of end-of-life care in the United States. A subsidiary of Chemed Corp., (NYSE: CHE), the company experienced financial and service line growth during the second quarter of 2019, […]

CEO Keith Myers: LHC Group is All-In on Hospice

Keith Myers co-founded LHC Group (NASDAQ: LHCG) in 1994 and has served as its chairman and CEO ever since. Today, the company’s platform, including all service lines, reaches 60% of the U.S. population aged 65 and older, LHC Group reported in an August earnings call. One of the largest hospice and home health providers in […]

Cornerstone CEO: Leverage Hospice Skillsets to Spur Growth

Chuck Lee took the helm of Florida-based Cornerstone Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc. in 2013 after spending more than a decade as a hospice executive working to develop strategic plans, develop new leaders, grow census and expand service areas into new markets. He has also served as board chair for the Florida Hospice & Palliative […]

NPHI CEO: ‘Bring Our Care Model to Patients Pre-Hospice’

As President and CEO for the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation (NHPI), the question, “What’s New?” is an important one for Tom Koutsoumpas, who took the helm of the industry organization in 2015. NPHI is a coalition of non-profit hospices that collaborate on moving innovations forward, in terms of service diversification, discovering new payment models, […]

Humana Senior VP: Hospice MA Payment Should Support Quality Care

Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) is a payer that has become a health care provider through the 2018 acquisitions of Kindred Healthcare and the hospice provider Curo, which operates 245 locations in 22 states. The two acquisitions now form the nucleus of the company’s Humana at Home subsidiary. Integrating Kindred and Curo into the insurance giant’s […]

Regional CEO: Run Nonprofit Hospice Like a For-Profit

Since taking the helm of Danbury, Conn.-based Regional Hospice & Palliative Care in 2007, Cynthia Emiry Roy has taken the nonprofit hospice from a small business to an organization with more than $18 million in assets. Earlier this year she was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Western Connecticut University. Regional provided more than 45,000 […]

Uphold Health CEO: Put Families in Driver’s Seat

Uphold Health, a Chicago-based technology and care planning services start-up, is poised to expand to the Boston and Houston markets this year. In addition to technology solutions, the company provides social workers, dubbed care navigators, to help guide families through the health system during serious illness up to the end of life. Founder and CEO […]

CAPC’s Meier: Design a Copernican Health Care System

Diane Meier, MD, director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care, has said that the United States must adapt to a “Copernican health care system,” in which care revolves around the patient, in order to meet the growing demand for home-based hospice and palliative care and better serve patients. A Copernican health care system, named […]