Hospices Redesign Bereavement Care Due to Social Distancing

Hospice providers nationwide are reassessing how they provide bereavement care due to the need for social distancing during the ongoing pandemic. With few other options, many are turning to telehealth systems to support grieving families. Hospices have had to cancel in-person counseling sessions, meetings with families as well as support groups and other services to […]

Arizona Hospices Collaborate to Meet Patients’ Non-medical Needs During Outbreak

A group of hospices and home health agencies in small Arizona communities are working with local businesses, such as restaurants and other community resources, to ensure that isolated patients receive meals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Collaborative efforts are bringing communities together as the coronavirus pandemic touches every corner of the globe. Building unifying relationships with […]

Advance Care Planning Remains a Priority During COVID-19

Despite the uncertainties brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, advance care planning remains critical. With death tolls and confirmed cases rising, advance care planning is increasingly vital, particularly for high-risk patient populations receiving hospice and palliative care. Severe illness and possible death are among the risks posed by the novel coronavirus, according to the U.S. […]

Palliative Care Providers Mobilize During COVID-19

As the COVID-19 spread continues with climbing death rates and confirmed cases, providers across the health care continuum are navigating the impact on patients and staff. With older adults and those with serious medical conditions at greatest risk, palliative care stands to play a significant role during the coronavirus outbreak. According to the U.S. Centers […]

Hospice Board, Executive Coordination Essential to COVID-19 Response

Effective governance becomes even more critical to hospice providers during emergency situations. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, one of the many ripple effects is its impact on the role of hospice leadership. Even before the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) a pandemic on March 11, 2020, it was spreading […]

Regional Hospice Launches Children’s End-of-Life Care Program

Even without the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, pediatric hospice patients and their families face a variety of end-of-life care needs that are unique from those of adult patients. Yet, youth-specific hospice patients are among those most underserved in the nation. Connecticut-based Regional Hospice is building the North Star inpatient wing to expand upon its children’s hospice […]

Valley Hospice Launches Caring Connections Palliative Care Service

Ohio-based Valley Hospice has developed a new palliative care program called Caring Connections that will enable the nonprofit provider to engage with patients further upstream in the course of their serious or chronic illnesses. Hospices nationwide have been diversifying their services to include palliative care and a host of other types of programs, such as […]

Hospices Strategize to Assure Patients that Care Is Safe During Pandemic 

Growing patient and family concerns about safety are among the many challenges the end-of-life care community is facing during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. As hospice providers meet patient care needs during the outbreak, an added challenge is alleviating patient concerns about staff coming into the home. As the novel virus continues to spread, so do […]

[UPDATED] FEMA to Distribute PPE Supplies Hospices Need, but Hospitals Taking Priority

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is distributing N95 and surgical masks and other supplies to health care organizations in states hit the hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic, including New York and Washington. However, it remains unclear whether hospices will have access to these supplies or if they are being sent primarily to hospitals. Hospices […]

How Hospice Claims Automation Software is Saving Providers Money

Denied claims are frustrating and expensive for hospice providers. According to the American Medical Association, Medicare annually denies 4.2% of all claims, the highest rate among U.S. payers, while the average denial rate across the hospice industry is higher, ranging from 5% to 10%. Hospices will spend an extra $25 to $30 each time they […]