NHPCO Speaks Out on 2025 Proposed Medicare Hospice Rates

The proposed 2.6% payment increase for hospices is insufficient in today’s economic climate, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) indicated in comments on the 2025 proposed payment rule. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in March issued its 2025 proposed hospice rule, which if finalized would include a 2.6% increase […]

Early Talks About Governance Essential for Nonprofit Hospice Affiliations

Nonprofit hospices can combine their businesses in a number of ways, including traditional acquisitions, board member substitutions and other types of affiliations. However, member substitutions are becoming more common, according to Meg Pekarske, partner at the law firm Husch Blackwell. While this model offers benefits it can also become a political minefield that can sink […]

The State of the Hospice Nursing Workforce 

Honing clinical scheduling and onboarding models is key to sustaining the hospice nurse workforce as demand for these clinicians rises and wages lag compared to those in other settings. Future generations of health care clinicians may be woefully unprepared to address both the quantity and and the complexity of emotional, physical and spiritual needs among […]

Publicly Traded Hospice Companies Poised for Deals

The nation’s publicly traded hospice companies are primed for more acquisitions after a 2023 slump, fueled by census and growth. Transaction volume declined in the hospice and home-based care space in 2023, following the two record-breaking prior years. Many expect a rebound in 2024, and stirrings in the public company space signal that may come […]

Enhabit Elaborates on Decision to Remain a Standalone Company

Dallas-headquartered Enhabit Inc. (NYSE: EHAB) has provided a wider view into its decision to remain a standalone business. On Thursday, the company filed a preliminary proxy statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), part of completing its recent strategic review process. The statement detailed the company’s recent decision not to pursue a sale, […]

Thanacare CEO Michael Madison: Increased ACP Could Change the Health Care System

If more patients were to document their end-of-life wishes, it could effectively transform aspects of the nation’s health care system, generating cost savings and better outcomes, according to Minnesota-based physician Dr. Michael Madison. Madison is a neurovascular surgeon whose practice has focused on treating stroke and brain aneurysm. He is also the founder of the advance […]

Hospice M&A Looking Dim in 2024

Hospice merger and acquisition (M&A) activity tapered off in 2023 and early 2024 compared to the flurry of prior years, due in part to regulatory and economic pressures. Hospice deal volume and valuations have trended down from record-high levels during 2019 through 2022. The cool down began last year as hospice transaction activity lulled. This […]

Laws in Motion to Bring ‘Right to Try’ Psychedelics at End-of-Life

Hospice providers are navigating an evolving landscape of laws opening up pathways of access around psychedelic utilization at the end of life. Despite mounting evidence that psychedelics can improve experiences and reduce symptom burden in some terminally ill patients, these drugs remain difficult to access for those wishing to utilize them. Some states and the […]

Androscoggin Home Healthcare and Hospice Rebrands as Andwell Health Partners

Maine-based Androscoggin Home Healthcare and Hospice has rebranded as Andwell Health Partners to better reflect its growing suite of services. The company launched in 1966 as a home health company, later adding hospice, palliative, behavioral health and community care services. “As we continue to grow and evolve, we realized that the name Androscoggin Home Healthcare […]

Former Hospice Leaders Building National PACE Platform BoldAge

A group of former hospice and home health leaders have gone all-in on Programs for All-Inclusive Care of the Elderly (PACE) with the launch of an emerging company. New Jersey-headquartered BoldAge PACE is owned and operated by former Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care CEO Todd Stern, also a former AccentCare executive, and Dan Czermak, founder […]