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 […]

Cleveland Clinic’s Perez-Protto: Standardize Advance Care Planning

Anesthesiologist and intensivist Silvia Perez-Protto, M.D., is leading the charge to standardize advance care planning processes in her institution. At Cleveland Clinic, she is director of the Center for End of Life Care and a faculty member at the Center for Excellence in Healthcare Communication. The center’s objective is to standardize advance care planning and […]

MedPAC: No 2021 Pay Raise for Hospice, Calls for Payment Cap Cut

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) at its January meeting unanimously voted to recommend to Congress that no Medicare payment increases for hospices be implemented in Fiscal Year 2021, as well as a 20% reduction in the aggregate payment cap. These proposals are not a done deal. Congress would have to accept these recommendations before […]

Strong Management, Geography Attract Private Equity Investors to Hospices

Effective management and geographic location are two key factors that can determine whether a private equity firm will invest in a hospice.  Private equity interest in the hospice market has been on the rise, driven by the fragmented nature of the industry, increased acceptance of palliative care services, the aging population, the changing regulatory landscape, […]

Chesapeake Palliative Medicine Rebrands as Chesapeake Supportive Care

Pasadena, Md.-based Chesapeake Palliative Medicine has rebranded as Chesapeake Supportive Care to shed stigma that arise from misconceptions about hospice and palliative medicine. Chesapeake Supportive Care is affiliated with Hospice of the Chesapeake. Several hospices and palliative care providers nationwide have been rebranding in recent months, often due to the stigma or to reflect a […]

Beaumont Health Reclaims Pediatric Hospice Program

Michigan-based health care system Beaumont Health is resuming management of the pediatric hospice program that it sold to Alternate Health Solutions Network (AHSN) in 2018 for an undisclosed sum. Though, AHSN is unable to sustain the program in the long term, no gaps in care have occurred and none are expected. Beaumont sold the majority […]

Amedisys Poised for 2020 Hospice Growth

Hospice, home health, and personal care provider Amedisys Inc. (NASDAQ: AMED) is poised for further growth in the hospice space during 2020 thanks to admissions growth, acquisitions and de novo activity.  In the third quarter of 2019 Amedisys hospice segment revenue rose to $162 million, a 57% increase over Q3 2018. The segment’s EBITDA rose […]