Hospice Collaboratives Form Nationwide Joint Venture

Teleios Collaborative Network (TCN) and the National Hospice Cooperative (NHC) have created a joint venture that promises to further scale their regional partnership model to nonprofit hospices nationwide. TCN and NHC are collaborative networks of affiliated hospice and palliative care providers that partner to share best practices, centralize some back office functions, build more efficient […]

Pennant Acquires Two Arizona Hospice Companies

The Pennant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: PNTG) has acquired Prime Hospice, located near Phoenix, and Harmony Hospice of Arizona in the northwestern region of that state. Financial terms for the transactions have not been disclosed. The company expects to complete a third acquisition in a matter of days, also in the Southwest. Pennant, which owns and […]

Hospices Reevaluate Staff PTO Policies During Pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic puts new pressures on hospice staff, providers are reevaluating and revising their policies to accommodate and maintain their workforce. Hospices nationwide have restructured and adapted telecommuting policies to transition employees into working remotely from home, easing some of the childcare issues for staff. Reallocating vulnerable or exposed staff to non-patient facing […]

CEO Cathy Conway: The Business of Hospice Is Changing

Cathy Conway, chief mission officer for the Hospice of Santa Cruz County will take over as the organization’s CEO effective June 1, following the retirement of current chief executive Michael Milward, who has led the organization since 2012. The organization’s board unanimously approved Conway’s ascension after a rigorous national search and extensive interviews with potential […]

Hospice News Changemakers: Class of 2020

Hospice is an evolving industry. While the core values of the hospice community remain front-of-mind for providers, they are feeling the impact of emerging technologies, new payment structures, and a shifting regulatory landscape. among other influences. In this environment, the industry needs Changemakers — individuals who embrace the need to change and have the boldness […]

Social Workers Adapt to Hospice Care In a Pandemic

The ongoing social isolation and distancing measures to reduce spread of the coronavirus pandemic has challenged a vital element of social and psychosocial services in the realm of hospice care. As the outbreak continues impacting communities throughout the nation, hospice social workers have become adaptive to continue serving patients and families in need. At the […]

Pennant Group Sees Hospice Surge, Announces Acquisitions

Early action to stave off the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic has paid off for The Pennant Group (NASDAQ: PNTG), which saw substantial growth in its hospice business during the first quarter, even as the company gears up for the forthcoming acquisition of three affiliated hospice providers located in the southwestern United States.  Post-acute providers […]

Congress Members Call on CMS to Delay Hospice Carve-In

Members of the Ways and Means Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives have called for a one-year delay for the value-based insurance design model hospice demonstration, commonly called the Medicare Advantage carve-in. Reps. Adrian Smith (R-Neb.), Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) and Terri Sewell (D-Ala.) sent a letter to Seema Verma, administrator of the U.S. Centers […]

New $3 Trillion COVID-19 Stimulus Could Impact Hospice

Legislation penned by Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives could result in additional federal aid to hospices through the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund. If enacted, the bill — the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act, or HEROES Act — would allocate an additional $175 billion to the fund, which […]

Amedisys Foresees Strong 2020-21 Hospice Growth

Despite seeing a drop in referrals and admissions between mid-March and early April, Amedisys (NYSE: AMED) expects its hospice business to stay on a strong growth trajectory during 2020 and into 2021, despite corporate leaders voicing some skepticism about the forthcoming Medicare Advantage hospice carve-in.  Acquisitions activity is a pillar of the company’s hospice strategy, […]