North Carolina Hospice Providers Merge

Two North Carolina nonprofit hospice organizations have agreed to join forces effective Sept. 30, pending due diligence reviews and final board approvals. The two organizations, Hospice and Palliative Care of Alamance-Caswell (HPCAC) and Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro (HPCG), collectively serve in excess of 3,000 patients annually in Alamance, Caswell, Guilford, and surrounding counties. […]

Hospices Alert to CMS New Immediate Jeopardy Protocols

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has significantly changed how the agency’s surveyors identify and analyze Immediate Jeopardy findings, applicable to hospice providers as well as all other health care services covered by Medicare or Medicaid. An Immediate Jeopardy finding represents a situation in which the health care provider’s noncompliance with one […]

White House Proposes Billions in Medicare & Medicaid Cuts

Today the White House proposed a 2020 federal budget that would slash Medicare spending by nearly $846 billion and Medicaid by $241 billion over 10 years, sparking concern among hospice organizations. “[The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization] is concerned the president’s proposed Medicare cuts could interrupt patient and family access to person-centered, interdisciplinary hospice […]

‘Right to Try’ Act Could Delay Palliative Care

The Right to Try Act, designed to give patients with life-threatening illnesses access to experimental therapies, could delay referrals of pediatric cancer patients to palliative care, according to a viewpoint appearing in the Journal of the American Medical Association-Oncology. “When pediatric oncologists perceive that patients and families want to ‘do everything,’ even broaching the idea […]

CMS Sequestered Funds Policy Stands—For Now

The Provider Reimbursement Review Board (PRRB) after two years of hearings has upheld the practice of including sequestered funds as part of hospice providers’ revenue when determining Medicare payment caps. Stakeholders intend to appeal the decision. “This decision is not a surprise,” Bill Dombi, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice told […]

Stark Law Updates to Impact Palliative Care Providers

The Trump administration is seeking extensive revisions to the Stark Law, a law designed to address conflicts of interest in physician referrals, U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma said in a speech to the Federation of American Hospitals. Currently referrals to hospice are exempt from the Stark Law, but the law […]

A.I. Helps Shape the Future of Hospice Care

Artificial intelligence technology is in its infancy, but hospice organizations are already applying the technology to provide patient support, reduce costs, and improve efficiency. “AI systems tend to make fewer mistakes than humans and can help in providing extra layer of assurance and inspection,” Jye Su principal analyst for ABI Research told Hospice News. “This […]

Acquisition Expands Traditions Health to Arizona 

Traditions Health, LLC, today extended its footprint to the Arizona market through the acquisition of Reflections Hospice and Palliative Care in Mesa. “I am extremely excited to expand our services to Arizona,” said Bryan Wolfe, the President and CEO of Traditions. “This is an enormous accomplishment for our organization, and we are very honored to […]

LHC Group Stepping Up Joint Ventures and Acquisitions in 2019

Following the completion of lucrative acquisition and joint venture activity during 2018, LHC Group (NASDAQ: LHCG) will make M&A and JV transactions a cornerstone of its 2019 growth strategy. LHC on Thursday reported a record $8.226 million in revenue tied to acquisitions and joint ventures for full year 2018. Among the company’s 2019 plans is […]

California Hospice Reduces Energy Costs with Green Technology

Hospice by the Bay, a Larkspur-Calif.-based nonprofit, expects to see recent investments in solar power and efficient lighting pay off with substantially reduced energy costs and a diminished carbon footprint. The new 158 kW solar panel system was installed in the organization’s administrative offices in Fall 2018. The system began producing electricity in January after […]