Exploring the Post-Pandemic Hospice Telehealth Landscape

While CMS has not announced any permanent policy changes, provisions to expand telehealth are likely to continue long-term, with many hospice leaders and advocates in full support. Hospices will have to work out several kinks as they navigate the telehealth landscape post-COVID-19. During this period of national disaster, the U.S. Department of Health and Human […]

Livio Health, Minnesota Oncology Partner on Palliative, Supportive Care

Minneapolis-based Livio Health has launched a partnership with cancer care provider Minnesota Oncology to offer home-based palliative care to Medicare Advantage beneficiaries covered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. Livio will provide care to Minnesota Oncology patients in their homes through interdisciplinary teams including nurse practitioners, social workers and nursing care coordinators with […]

Hospices Leverage Technology to Continue Children’s Grief Services

Hospice providers have been redesigning bereavement care programs due to the need for social distancing during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, shifting from in-person to virtual grief support. As summer picks up steam, some organizations are also taking their grief camp programs for children online. LifePath Hospice and Good Shepherd Hospice took their annual weekend grief […]

Partners in Care Unveils 14,600-sq ft.Hospice House

Bend-Ore.-based hospice and palliative care provider Partners in Care has established plans for a 14,600-square-foot Hospice House in its local community. The facility will offer inpatient hospice care for patients whose symptoms cannot be managed in the home, as well as respite care. The facility, expected to begin operations in late 2021, will include 12-suites […]

Saratoga Hospital Expands Palliative Care Program Beyond Inpatients

New York state-based Saratoga Hospice has launched a community-based palliative care program, citing increased demand for those services. This continues a trend in recent years of acute care providers moving into home-based care. Saratoga Hospital for many years has provided palliative care to their inpatients. This expanded program will extend their reach into patient homes […]

Hospice, Palliative Care Providers Seek Advance Care Planning Best Practices

Advance care planning has remained a priority for hospice and palliative care providers during the coronavirus pandemic as they strive to reach patients sooner in their illness trajectories and ensure goal-concordant end-of-life care. Research has shown that reaching patients sooner in the care continuum can be beneficial for providers and patients alike, as well as […]

The Rising Tide of Pediatric Hospice, Palliative Care

Though seniors receive most of the hospice care in the United States, a rising number of hospice and palliative care providers are focusing more of their attention on a very different patient population: children with serious or terminal illness. More than 47% of hospice patients in 2017 were older than 85, according to the National […]

Interim HealthCare Offers Education, Support for Dementia Patient Caregivers

Hospice providers have increasingly focused on dementia care among the rising demand to support these caregivers and the unique challenges they face. Interim HealthCare is among the providers boosting support for dementia caregivers with a recently launched guide addressing the specific complexities of these patients’ needs. As the number of seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s […]

CAPC, Hartford Foundation Collaborate on Palliative Care Innovation

The John A. Hartford Foundation is collaborating with the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) on the “Tipping Point Challenge,” intended to spur innovation and quality improvement in serious illness care. All health care organizations, settings, disciplines and specialties nationwide are eligible to participate in the 10-month program, in which providers receive an honorarium to […]

Hospice of Medina County Closes Inpatient Unit, Reduces Staff

Cleveland, Ohio-based Hospice of the Western Reserve and its affiliate, Hospice of Medina County, have initiated staff layoffs and other cost cutting measures including the suspension of inpatient care at HMC’s Inpatient Care Center. The hospice cited increasing demand for hospice services, new regulatory requirements and declining Medicare reimbursements have led to reduced inpatient admissions. […]