Stratis Health’s Weng: Payment Redesign Needed to Grow Rural Palliative Care

Limited reimbursement opportunities are complicating palliative care providers’ ability to bring their services to seriously ill patients. This problem is often exacerbated in rural areas due to low population density, potentially long travel times to reach patients in remote areas and lack of infrastructure. Karla Weng, senior program manager for the health care quality improvement […]

Project Talk’s Van Scoy: Explore New Methods for Advance Care Plans

Lauren Jodi Van Scoy, M.D., director of the Project Talk Communication Lab, is spearheading a project to boost advance care planning among underserved populations in partnership with Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hospice Foundation of America (HFA), and the University of Kentucky.  Van Scoy is an associate professor of medicine, humanities and public […]

HCCI’s Julie Sacks: Interest in Home-Based Primary Care Growing Among Hospices

A rising number of hospice and palliative care providers are establishing home-based primary care service lines in order to engage patients further upstream and to enable participation in new payment models such as Primary Care First and direct contracting. According to Julie Sacks, chief operating officer and newly appointed president of the Illinois-based Home Centered […]

Turn-Key’s Terri Maxwell: A Population Health Approach Can Bolster Community-Based Palliative Care

Efforts have been growing among health care providers, payers, advocacy groups and state policymakers to make community-based palliative care more accessible to patients and families. Hospice organizations are extremely well-equipped to provide this care, according to Terri Maxwell, general manager, chief clinical officer and co-founder of Turn-Key Health.  Turn-Key Health is a national community-based palliative […]

The Health Group’s Ryan Lindsay: Amazon Will Change How Hospices Do Business

The health care industry at large is rapidly changing, and this is having a ripple effect on hospice providers. Among the factors driving are massive companies not traditionally associated with health care entering the space, such as Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) and Walmart (NYSE: WMT).  Amazon, for example, recently indicated that it was pursuing nationwide expansion […]

Agape Care CEO: ‘We’re Poised for Multistate Expansion’

South Carolina-headquartered hospice provider Agape Care Group recently moved into Georgia where it will serve 12 counties, marking the company’s first venture outside of its home state of South Carolina. With that de novo under its belt, Agape Care has plans to expand in a number of Southeastern states, primarily through acquisitions.  Agape is a […]

Alleo Health System’s Greg Phelps: Reform Hospice Education to Combat Workforce Burnout

Staffing shortages have been weighing heavily on the minds of hospice and palliative care organization leaders in recent years. The hospice and palliative care workforce has been shrinking due to staff retirement, burnout and limited opportunities for specialty training. The United States has 13.35 hospice and palliative care specialists for every 100,000 adults 65 and […]

Trustbridge’s Brazzale: Demand Rising for Pediatric Hospice

As the public and clinicians learn more about the benefits of hospice and palliative care, demand is rising to serve patients outside of the senior population that tends to receive the most hospice care. This includes pediatric patients. Florida hospice care provider Trustbridge has seen the number of pediatric patients it serves increase four-to-six fold […]

Hospice CEO Christopher Kerr Seeks New Understanding of the Dying Process

Christopher Kerr, M.D., CEO and chief medical officer of Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo, has been spearheading research that examines the death experience from the perspective of the patient. The research has uncovered previously unrecognized aspects of the dying process, including vivid dreams that feature the patient’s deceased loved ones. A body of work is […]