Hospices Stepping Up Specialized Care for Disabled Patients

Patients with disabilities are largely underserved by hospices, but they represent a growing need as well as an untapped market for providers. Hospice companies are developing programs to meet the specific concerns of these patients to improve access to care.  Almost 40% of people 65 and older had at least one disability from 2008 to […]

Moving Health Home Engages Hospice, Palliative Care Providers

Moving Health Home is getting involved in hospice, having expanded to include providers Compassus, Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) and the community-based support company Contessa Health. Moving Health Home is a coalition of health care organizations that advocate for the expansion of home-based care. Moving Health Home was established in March by founding members […]

Project Talk’s Van Scoy: Explore New Methods for Advance Care Plans

Lauren Jodi Van Scoy, M.D., director of the Project Talk Communication Lab, is spearheading a project to boost advance care planning among underserved populations in partnership with Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hospice Foundation of America (HFA), and the University of Kentucky.  Van Scoy is an associate professor of medicine, humanities and public […]

Mitchell Family Office Acquires American Health Partners

Franklin, Tenn.-based American Health Partners has agreed to become a subsidiary of the Mitchell Family Office, an investment firm that concentrates on the health care sector. American Health Care Partners provides a range of senior care services across nine states, including hospice. Financial terms were undisclosed.  American Health Partners is currently privately owned. In addition […]

Diversity Initiatives a Rising Priority for Hospices

Race continues to represent one of the largest barriers to hospice and palliative care. Hospice and palliative care providers are honing in on equity and inclusion, seeking to foster diversity among patients and staff alike. The United States population has grown more racially and ethnically diverse as it ages, according to a U.S. Census Bureau […]

Jet Health Acquires Hospice de La Luz

Fort Worth, Texas-based Jet Health Inc., has purchased Hospice de la Luz in Albuquerque, N.M., marking the company’s third hospice acquisition. Financial terms were undisclosed. Private equity firms SV Health Investors and Health Enterprise Partners, which partially own Jet Health, financed the deal. Stradling, Yocca, Carlson and Rauth acted as legal counsel to Jet Health […]

Hospices See Rising Volume, Billing Challenges in Medicare Advantage

Value-based care has opened up a different world to hospices beginning this year. More than 90 days into the value-based insurance design (VBID) demonstration, hospices are seeing rising patient volumes while expanding service offerings and adapting to new billing processes. The program, often called the Medicare Advantage hospice carve-in, launched Jan. 1.  The Center for […]

Charter Health Care Group Acquires Providence Home Health & Hospice

Charter Health Care Group has acquired Providence Home Health & Hospice in Houston, Texas, for an undisclosed sum. This is the company’s sixth acquisition since early 2020. Charter is a portfolio company of Pharos Capital Group, based in Dallas and Nashville. Charter provides a range of senior care services that includes hospice, home health complex […]

Pandemic Reshaping Hospice Bereavement Care

The coronavirus pandemic has been reshaping the ways hospices provide bereavement care. Many providers have taken these services online as COVID-19 forced the need to socially distance, with hospices working quickly to implement new technology platforms. Given these investments, many of these changes will likely extend into the long term. The U.S. Centers for Medicare […]