Washington Hospice Expands after Hospital Ends Services

Walla Walla Community Hospice (WWCH) is expanding its service area after a local hospital ended its hospice care program. The Walla Walla, Wash.-based hospice, which currently serves its home county as well as Columbia County in Washington and parts of Umatilla County in Oregon, will now provide care to Pendleton, Ore., and its surrounding communities. […]

New MorseLife Hospice Program Designed for Jewish Patients

West Palm Beach-based MorseLife Health System has launched a new hospice service—Palm Beach Hospice and Palliative Care—designed to address the end-of-life care needs of Jewish patients and their families. Though the new hospice and palliative care service is open to patients of all religions, the program specializes in providing services that take into account Jewish […]

CHP Home Care & Hospice to Close Inpatient Facility

Ohio-based Community Health Professionals (CHP) Home Care and Hospice announced that its Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center will no longer accept referrals effective Apr. 1, citing high costs of maintaining the facility, as well as a goal of strengthening its in-home hospice care programs. “We have been blessed for the past decade to be […]

Court to Non-Profit Hospice: Pay Your Taxes

The Illinois Appellate Court has ruled that a Chicago-area hospice must pay property taxes despite its non-profit status, finding that the organization’s property was not exclusively engaged in charity use. This is the first such case involving a hospice, but similar litigation against providers in other health care settings indicate a trend that non-profit hospices […]

Rising Costs Put Hospice in Regulatory Crosshairs

In the midst of rising demand, costs, and sharpened regulatory scrutiny, many hospice providers are facing Medicare recertification review challenges that can seriously harm patients and families, as well as their own bottom lines. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requires hospices to recertify patients who have survived beyond their initial estimated […]

Penn Medicine Rebrands Hospice and Palliative Care Operations

The University of Pennsylvania Health System (Penn Medicine) this week consolidated its hospice, palliative care, home health, and home infusion services under the new brand Penn Medicine at Home. Penn Medicine at Home will contain five components, each providing a specific type of home-based care. No staff reductions took place as a result of the […]

Integrity Home Care + Hospice Expands Footprint to Kansas

Missouri-based Integrity Home Care + Hospice has expanded its hospice and post-acute rehabilitation operations to the Kansas market with the opening of a new location in Fort Scott.   “Families with a loved one facing a serious, life-limiting illness or extensive rehabilitation will want and need to know that quality services are available,” said Amy […]