Hospice of Cincinnati, Adventist Health Expand Hospice; Labor Pressures Shutter Midwest-Based Programs

Hospice of Cincinnati Unveils New Hospital-Based Inpatient Unit Hospice of Cincinnati has opened a new inpatient unit at The Christ Hospital. The hospital is located in Mt. Auburn, Ohio, with the new inpatient hospice unit featuring 10 patient beds, a chapel and a family gathering space. The inpatient center will allow for smoother transitions to […]

Home Health Care Linked to Increased Hospice Utilization

Recent research has uncovered improved hospice utilization rates among patients who had received home health services. Researchers from New Jersey-based Rutgers University’s School of Nursing have found that patient preferences leaned toward home-based hospice services following home health experiences. The study, published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine, examined home health and hospice care outcomes […]

The Employment Outlook for Hospice Aides

Rising wages, reimbursement pressures and immigration policies are fueling high turnover rates for hospice and personal care aides. Similar trends are proliferating among hospitals and health systems that provide these services. Current reimbursement structures for aide services represent the most significant challenge in maintaining a sufficient workforce, according to Kenneth Albert, president and CEO of […]

BrightStar Care Partners with Adtalem on Clinical Training in Hospice, Palliative Care

Want to read more palliative care-focused content like this? Subscribe to Palliative Care News today! BrightStar Care is partnering with the medical and nursing training organization Adtalem Global Education to help build up their hospice, home health and palliative care workforce. Amid staffing shortages, limited access to clinical training continues to place constraints on recruitment […]

Where Hospices Are Investing Their 2024 Recruitment, Retention Dollars

In case you missed it, Hospice News has launched a new specialty publication for palliative care professionals. You can subscribe to Palliative Care News here: Subscribe today! As hospices zero in on their investments in staff engagement and operational efficiencies, organizational culture is becoming a higher priority. Hospices nationwide are taking varied approaches around how they fuel […]

Hospices See Growth Opportunities with Physician Offices, Memory Care

Hospice providers are increasingly focused on memory care settings and physician offices as referral sources. Though many hospices see facility-based care as their primary referral engines, a growing base of providers are seeking ties to community-based organizations to increase access and utilization this year. Physician offices were identified among the most significant referral growth opportunities […]

Compassus, Bon Secours Mercy Health Unveil Hospice, Home Health Joint Venture

Compassus is launching a home health and hospice joint venture with Ohio-headquartered Bon Secours Mercy Health (BSMH). Through the JV, Compassus will manage the operations of 11 hospice agencies and 10 home health sites across five states. BSMH is the fifth-largest Catholic health system in the United States, according to a joint press release from […]

St. Croix Hospice Leverages Predictive Analytics to Boost Quality

St. Croix Hospice recently unveiled data showing how the company leveraged predictive analytics technology to improve quality outcomes. In 2019 the Minnesota-headquartered hospice provider began utilizing a predictive analytics tool from Medalogix. The post-acute data analytics company develops machine learning solutions designed to identify patients in need of home health, hospice or palliative care services […]

IntellaTriage Acquires NurseLine

IntellaTriage has acquired NurseLine, a national provider of hospice and home health triage services. Financial terms were undisclosed. Established in 2008, IntellaTriage provides after-hours nurse triage services for a range of health care providers, including hospice and home health providers, hospitals, physician groups, health plans and specialty practices. Combining their platform with NurseLine’s will strengthen […]

Bristol Hospice’s Quest to Help Patients Sleep

Salt Lake City-based Bristol Hospice has developed a branded program designed to help their patients get better sleep, which can significantly impact quality of life. Sleep disturbance, including insomnia and other disorders, is a common problem among the terminally ill. Poor sleep can exacerbate a range of chronic illnesses and intensify symptoms such as pain, […]