Hospices Leverage Machine Learning to Improve Care

Hospice providers are using new machine learning tools to identify patients in need of their services earlier in the course of their illnesses and to ensure that patients receive appropriate levels of home visits in their final days.   While hospice utilization is rising, lengths of stay for many patients remains too short for them to […]

Hospices Take Note: ACOs Focused on Reducing Hospitalizations

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) view prevention of hospitalization, readmissions and emergency department visits as top priorities, according to new research published in Health Affairs. Hospices marketing themselves to ACOs would do well to keep those metrics in mind when interfacing with those organizations. Close to 1,000 ACOs cover 44 million patients nationwide as of the […]

Bristol Hospice, Ohana Health Plan Program Reduces Health Costs 40%

A pilot collaboration between Bristol Hospice Hawaii and Ohana Health Plan, Inc. to provide interdisciplinary palliative care to complex patients resulted in a 40% reduction in health care costs, as well as substantial reductions in avoidable hospitalizations and emergency room visits. Ohana is a component of WellCare Health Insurance of Arizona, Inc. The program focused […]

Medicare Advantage Plans Offering Palliative Care Quadrupled for 2020

A rising number of Medicare Advantage plans are offering home-based palliative care as a supplemental benefit. This year, 61 plans offer a palliative care benefit compared to 15 during 2019, a new Duke University report indicates. Hospices provide about 50% of home-based palliative care in the United States according to the Center to Advance Palliative […]

Cambia’s Peggy Maguire: Palliative Care Supports Economic Sustainability

Peggy Maguire, president of Cambia Health Foundation, oversees the philanthropic arm of Portland, Ore.-based Cambia Health Solutions, an enterprise that includes more than 20 companies with the mission to improve the economic sustainability of the health care system. During her tenure, Maguire helped transform the foundation from a regional grant-making institution to an investor in […]

Agrace HospiceCare Opens Inpatient Memory Care Suites

Agrace HospiceCare has opened a dedicated dementia unit within its Fitchburn, Wis., inpatient facility for patients who are no longer able to receive care in their homes. A rising number of dementia patients are choosing to elect hospice. In 2017, 15.6% of hospice patients had dementia as their principal diagnosis, according to the National Hospice […]

Former Anthem COO Brad Smith Tapped to Lead CMMI

Brad Smith, most recently chief operating officer of Anthem’s Diversified Business Group, will become the new director for the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). Smith is the co-founder and former CEO of community-based palliative care provider Aspire Health, a potential signal that palliative care could become a CMMI priority.  CMMI is the component […]

Drone Flights Bring Comfort to Hospice Patients

Ohio-based aerial drone photography company Aerial Anthropology has launched a nonprofit arm called the Flight to Remember Foundation that gives hospice patients a last look at a special place from their past, as well as sights they have always wished to see.  The founders of Aerial Anthropology, married couple Ashley and Tom Davis, founded the […]

LHC Group Completes Two Hospice Acquisitions

LHC Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: LHCG) and its joint venture partner Ochsner Health System have completed the acquisitions of five Egan Home Health and Hospice locations in Louisiana, as well as the purchase of Bryant, Ark.-based Saline Memorial Hospice with its joint venture partner LifePoint Health. Financial terms for both transactions were not disclosed. LHC Group […]

Hospice Rebrands as Community Healthcare of Texas

Community Hospice of Texas, the largest nonprofit hospice provider in the Lone Star State, has rebranded as Community Healthcare of Texas, reflecting a growing trend of hospices updating their brands to reflect an expanding scope of services in anticipation of value-based payment models.  The Community Healthcare of Texas rebranding reflects the organization’s intentions of engaging […]