LHC Group Stays Bullish on Hospice Expansion

Home health and hospice provider LHC Group (NASDAQ: LHCG) is determined to cast a larger shadow on the hospice space this year and next, largely through acquisitions with joint venture partners. The company last December voiced its intention to double its hospice footprint nationally within 12 to 18 months, with a focus on co-locating hospice […]

CMS Waives Hospice Physical Environment/Life Safety Rules During COVID-19

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to issue 1135 waivers to relax certain Conditions of Participation during the coronavirus pandemic national emergency. The agency has released new waivers pertaining to physical environment and Life Safety Code rules for inpatient hospices. The waived requirements include those related to the frequency and activities […]

LHC Group Rebounds from COVID-19 Pitfalls, Hospice Growth Slowed

Though uncertainties abound through the rest of the year, hospice operations at LHC Group (NASDAQ: LHCG) are trending upwards despite a mid-March dip due to the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the crisis pits headwinds against many of the organization’s future projections, LHC Group remains optimistic, anticipating recovery stemming from federal funding relief, acquisitions […]

St. Croix Hospice De Novo Extends Footprint in Midwest

St. Croix Hospice, a portfolio company of the Chicago-based investment firm the Vistria Group, has opened a new location in Humboldt, Iowa that will serve patients in 10 counties in that state. With the establishment of this de novo, Minnesota-headquartered St. Croix will serve more than 75% of Iowa counties. Iowa ranks fifth in the […]

Amedisys Poised for COVID-19 Recovery, Further Hospice Growth

The Amedisys, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMED) hospice segment saw a drop in referrals and rising costs stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic during the first quarter of this year. Though the outbreak creates industry-wide uncertainty about the future, demographic tailwinds, de novo activity and acquisitions show promise for a strong recovery, including the company’s $235 million purchase […]

Indiana Nurse, Building Contractor Begin Work on New Hospice Facility

Angie Barmes, an Indiana hospice nurse and her husband Andrew, a building contractor, are paving the way for a new Vincennes, Ind.-based hospice facility on the grounds of a 19th Century Victorian building they recently acquired from Knox County in their home state. The seed was Angie Barmes’ passion for hospice care. While working in […]

Telehealth Rules Complicate Opioid Access for Hospice, Palliative Patients During COVID-19

Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) telemedicine rules are complicating hospice and palliative care patients’ access to necessary medications during the coronavirus pandemic. Some stakeholders have called on regulators to allow the use of audio-only telehealth for patient encounters that involve opioid prescriptions. During the COVID-19 national emergency, the DEA has waived certain requirements to allow providers […]

Brookdale Takes Hit From COVID-19, Hospice Service Keeps Growing

The ongoing pandemic and changing payment models for home health gut-punched Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD) in the first quarter of 2020, but the company continues to see strong volume growth in its hospice business.  Rising expenses and drops in occupancy and resident fee revenues in their senior housing segment took a financial toll on […]

Palliative Care Principles Can Guide Care for COVID-19 Patients

Palliative care principles should guide the care that COVID-19 patients receive, according to the authors of a recent editorial in the Journal of Cardiopulmonary and Acute Care.  Core aspects of palliative care can provide a foundation for responding to a COVID patient’s needs, including alleviation of symptoms, multidisciplinary teams, patient-centered care, and support for patients’ […]

Hospice Providers Work to Boost Staff Morale Amid Pandemic Pressures

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a significant toll on hospice providers, including a heavy impact on its workforce. Many staff are experiencing physical and mental health challenges while continuing to deliver care to patients at highest risk. Hospices nationwide are finding new and encouraging ways to help boost morale and keep their workforce thriving amid […]