Amedisys Expanding Palliative Care Operations

Amedisys Inc. (NASDAQ: AMED) has continued to grow its hospice segment despite facing COVID-19 headwinds earlier this year. This expansion deepens an industry-wide trend toward service diversification and a lean towards value-based programming. The company is citing rising demand for palliative care as an impetus for moving into that space. “Palliative care is a nice […]

Hospices Seek to Maximize Employee Satisfaction Amid Pandemic Turnover

Amid industry-wide staffing shortages, hospices are progressively focusing on strategies to reduce turnover and improve employee satisfaction. Recent research indicates that providers can do more to support hospice staff work/life balance needs and boost morale to mitigate burnout and grow their workforce as they contend with added pressures resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Staffing issues […]

Vynca, Cerner Integrate Advance Care Plans Into Electronic Health Records

Advance care planning solutions company Vynca has entered into a partnership with health care technology provider Cerner Corp. (NASDAQ: CERN) in which the companies will integrate goals of care documents with electronic health records (EHR). Making advance care plans available via EHRs can help ensure goal concordant care for patients as well as boost hospice […]

Alive Hospice Doubles Telemedicine Presence

Nashville-based Alive Hospice expanded the scale of its telemedicine programming as tornadoes and the coronavirus pandemic took the area by storm this spring. Technology has become an essential tool for many providers to continue caring for hospice patient populations at highest risk of coronavirus infection. Alive Hospice launched the Henry Hooker Alive Connect telehospice program […]

Hospices Seek to Bridge Racial Divides in Access to Care

Hospice providers are increasingly strategizing to improve access to end-of-life care among historically underserved populations in African American, Hispanic and Native American communities. With ongoing civil unrest nationwide bringing racial inequity issues to the forefront in health care, many providers have worked to better understand the underlying issues for these disparities and demonstrate the value […]

Hospices Refocus on Staff Mental Health During COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has elevated attention to the mental health needs of the hospice workforce. Hospice executives have increasingly focused on providing new avenues of support for staff as they are buffeted with waves of COVID-19 challenges while caring for high-risk patients and their families. Workforce shortages and staff burnout have been ongoing issues in […]

Altru Health System Transfers End-of-Life Operations to Hospice of Red River Valley

Hospice of the Red River Valley, which provides care in Minnesota and North Dakota, is taking over the hospice operations of the Altru Health System. The transition will add 4,000 square miles to the hospice’s footprint, with much of the territory in rural areas. The organization’s service area will total nearly 43,000 square miles, Bonnie […]

Hospice News Bringing Together Providers and Tech in Demo Day Event

Hospice News’ on Sept. 23 is hosting its first virtual Demo Day event in which technology companies will showcase their newest software solutions for providers. Nine companies will be presenting during the event. With widespread cancellations of in-person industry conferences, providers have lost many opportunities during 2020 to interface with vendors and learn about emerging […]

Legislators Ask for Ochsner Investigation Following Hospice Report

Legislators in the state of Louisiana are calling for an investigation into allegations that Ochsner Health System in the New Orleans area sent patients home or into hospice despite objections from their families. A ProPublica investigation revealed the allegations earlier this month. Members of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus have called on Gov. Jon Bel Edwards, […]