Hospice & Palliative Care of Martha’s Vineyard Navigates Staffing, Access Barriers

Providing hospice and palliative care to patients in remote regions can come with significant challenges alongside innovative opportunities to improve quality, according to Cathy Stauffer Wozniak, executive director at Hospice & Palliative Care of Martha’s Vineyard (HPCMV). Established in 1981, the nonprofit provides care across Martha’s Vineyard island in Dukes County, Massachusetts. Approximately 7 miles […]

Why Private Equity Hospice Investors Need to Re-Focus on Patients

As private equity investors seek out hospice and other health care transactions, they should retrain their sights on potential benefits for patients in addition to financial metrics. Driving this is a changing regulatory environment as scrutiny heats up for both hospices and the private equity firms themselves. Tightened regulation in the hospice space has led […]

Dover Health Acquires Chicago-Area Hospice, Home Health Agencies

St. Louis-based Dover Health has expanded into the Chicago region with the purchase of Centered Care Hospice and Palliative Care and Cornerstone Home Health. With this deal, Dover expands to nine Illinois counties to complement its five-county footprint in Missouri. The transaction will enable Dover Health to expand its scale and offer enhanced benefits and […]

BrightSpring Diversifies Business to Build Scale

Building a diversified portfolio of services is a cornerstone of BrightSpring Health Services Inc. (NASDAQ: BTSG) efforts to grow its scale and market share. The company currently offers services ranging from hospice, home health, rehabilitation, behavioral health and a large pharmacy business. Going forward, the company plans to launch a home-based primary care service, CEO […]

How Fraudulent Hospices Evade Regulators

A slew of fraudulent hospices in California are dodging consequences by shuffling patients around between provider numbers. That’s according to multiple sources who spoke with Hospice News, expressing their concerns about patterns of fraud continuing even as government regulators crack down on the sector. Since 2021, numerous media and government reports have emerged of unethical […]

Research Finds Links Between Hospice Care, Reduced Cancer-Related Suicides

Data trends have found that suicide rates among cancer patients have decreased during the last three decades, with improved psychosocial end-of-life care a potential factor. Researchers recently examined trends in cancer-related suicides during the last four decades and how these rates compare with the general population. A large aim was to gain a broader picture […]

Community Hospice & Palliative Care Setting Sights on Florida, Georgia Expansion

Florida-based Community Hospice & Palliative Care recently opened a new location in its home state that will serve as an office for interdisciplinary staff and a community center. The new center is a key part of the hospice and palliative care provider’s overall strategic growth plans to improve access among underserved populations, according to Community […]

LeadingAge: CMS on Right Track with High-Acuity Hospice RFI

The senior care advocacy group LeadingAge has praised the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) inquiries into high-acuity palliative care, but expressed concern over reimbursement and staffing issues. The agency’s 2025 proposed hospice rule featured a series of requests for information (RFI) on issues like health equity, social determinants of health and future […]

Terminal Anorexia Patients Hitting Referral, Regulatory Barriers to Hospice Care

Hospice and behavioral health providers can better collaborate to improve outcomes among patients with severe enduring anorexia nervosa. Patients with eating disorders can face an array of challenges that impede access to health care and pose risk of negative care experiences, according to Dr. Jonathan Treem, regional medical director of palliative care and hospice at […]

With Telehealth’s Uncertain Future, Hospices Must Be ‘Flexible’

Legislators recently proposed to extend the telehealth flexibilities temporarily granted during the pandemic. These efforts come at a time when telehealth utilization is making waves in hospice staff and patient engagement, as well as operational efficiency and care coordination. Hospices have leveraged telehealth to a greater extent in recent years, with some seeing a range […]