Hospice Provider Care Dimensions Launches Learning Institute

Massachusetts-based hospice and palliative care provider Care Dimensions has created a Learning Institute to educate the public, clinicians nationwide, and their own staff about hospice and palliative care. The organization has provided public education since its inception nearly 40 years ago, but recently decided to formalize their disparate programs under a single brand. Among their […]

Work Advancing on CMS Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation Tool

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is currently recruiting hospice providers to participate in a pilot test of the forthcoming Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation (HOPE) tool, which when completed will replace the Hospice Item Set (HIS) quality reporting system. According to CMS, hospices will use the tool to assess patients in […]

Hospice Care of South Carolina Purchases Agape Hospice

Hospice Care of South Carolina (HCSC) has completed the acquisition of Spartansburg, S.C.-based Agape Hospice for an undisclosed sum. HCHC is a portfolio company of The Vistria Group, a private investment firm located in Chicago.  The combined company’s more than 800 employees care for a patient population that exceeds 1,400 people throughout 46 South Carolina counties. […]

Population Health Models Can Help Hospices Admit Patients Earlier

Organizations are experimenting with population health principles to engage patients further upstream and move them into hospice earlier, if appropriate and concordant with the patient’s wishes and goals. This can contribute to improved quality of life for patients as well as cost savings for health care providers. Population health is in most contexts a term […]

Hospice, Home Care Multiples Hit 26x During 2019

Multiples in the home care and hospice space reached as high as 26x EBITDA during 2019, the most significant rise for any health care sector. The space also saw positive growth in market capitalization, according to PwC’s Health Research Institute. The hospice M&A market continues to go strong despite declines in the number of deals […]

Hospice Expected to Grow in 2020, Increase Focus on Social Determinants

The hospice space should see extensive growth during 2020 as well an increasing focus on social determinants of health. Demographic tailwinds are among the drivers of hospice growth, as well as a driver of investment in hospice companies. An estimated 10,000 people in the United States become Medicare-eligible each day, a trend that many expect […]

CMS Wraps Hospice Compare into New Quality Reporting Site

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is combining the eight separate “Compare” websites that display publicly reported quality information into a single resource to be called Medicare Care Compare. The agency expects to launch the new website later this year. This move will apply to hospice organizations as well as hospitals, nursing […]

New Jersey Legislation to Expand Hospice and Palliative Care

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) recently signed into law a piece of legislation designed to raise public awareness of hospice and palliative care. The state’s legislature is currently mulling two additional bills intended to boost awareness and utilization of those services. The new law, designated S-3118, requires the state’s Commissioner of Health to establish […]

Pet Programs Diversify Hospice Services and Boost Volunteerism

In a crowded market, hospices increasingly seek diverse ways to set themselves apart and remain competitive. An emerging tactic is to augment traditional care models to be more inclusive of patient and family needs, including support for their pets. Pet programming has become another way for hospices to expand their services and boost volunteerism. Pet […]

Ohio’s Hospice Launches Pure Healthcare with New Facility, Care Model

Ohio’s Hospice, a group of 10 affiliated providers located throughout that state, has launched a new venture called Pure Healthcare, featuring a three-story facility as well as an innovative care model designed to support quality of life and for seriously ill patients, allowing them to age in place. The 36,000-square-foot facility is located on the […]