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 […]

Moments Hospice Undergoing Multi-state Expansion

Minnesota-based Moments Hospice is growing rapidly in the Midwest, having opened eight de novos during 2020. The family-owned company has plans to open more locations during 2021, including moving into new markets. Moments’ footprint grew from five locations to 13 last year in Minnesota, building up scale in Wisconsin as well as its home state […]

Hospices Fight Rising Turnover During Pandemic

Staff turnover and burnout have been higher since the coronavirus pandemic first hit the nation. Hospices are adopting strategies to stem the tide, with providers increasingly working to build career paths for nurses and other hospice staff. The coronavirus pandemic has taken a heavy toll on hospice staff since its onset. Slightly more than 20% […]

Hospice of Northwest Ohio Taps Richard Russell as CEO

Richard E. Russell has been named the new president and CEO of the Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Russell came to the hospice provider from the Midwest division of ProMedica Health System, where he served as vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer for post-acute services. Russell will succeed Judy Seibenick, the company’s […]

Crossroads Hospice Leverages Technology to Keep Patients Connected During Pandemic

Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care has launched a new technology platform to help reduce the plague of social isolation afflicting patients alongside the COVID-19 pandemic. The new Crossroads Connections program targets patients residing in the long-term care setting, where pandemic-related restrictions have often prevented patients from seeing loved ones as well as hospice staff.  Crossroads […]

Pandemic Spurring End-of-Life Care Planning

Nearly 70% of 1,000 survey respondents indicated that talking about their wishes and values for end-of-life care was important to them, but only slightly more than half (56%) had actually held these conversations, according to a study by VITAS Healthcare, a subsidiary of Chemed Corp. (NYSE: CHE). These numbers were up from a previous study […]

Hospices Finding Goal-Concordant Care Essential to Brand Identity

Ensuring that patients receive quality care in accordance with their wishes and goals is as essential to a hospice’s brand identity as their name, logo and letterhead. Factors such as organizational culture and mission can form a bedrock for a provider’s marketing strategies and brand advancement.  As demand for hospice care grows, hospice providers in […]

Encompass Home Health, Hospice CEO April Anthony to Step Down in June

April Anthony, CEO of Home Health and Hospice at Encompass Health Corp. (NYSE: EHC) will be stepping down in mid-June of this year. The move comes at a time when the company is considering a repositioning of its home health and hospice business, including a potential spin off or sale. Anthony founded Encompass Home Health […]

Hospices Ramp Up Advance Care Planning Through Value-Based Payment Models

More hospices are expanding their advance care planning services as they ramp up participation in value-based payment programs such as Medicare Advantage, direct contracting and participation in Accountable Care Organizations. Several value-based models incorporate advance care planning, which is associated with reductions in the total cost of care and improvements in overall hospice utilization rates. […]

Hospice by the Bay Rebrands To Reflect Broader Scope of Services

California-based Hospice by the Bay has rebranded as By the Bay Health. The new brand is designed to reflect the organization’s full range of services, including palliative care, comfort care, grief counseling, pediatric care, and skilled home health care as well as hospice services. The rebranding reflects a growing trend in hospice care that sees […]