Community Hospice, Senior Services Joint Venture Embraces PACE

Florida-based Community Hospice & Palliative Care is opening a Program for All-Inclusive Care of the Elderly (PACE) center in Jacksonville in a joint venture with Aging True Community Senior Services. The joint venture is known as PACE Partners of Northeast Florida. The center is the first of its kind in northern Florida and the fifth […]

Vynca CEO: Technology Supports Goal-Concordant Hospice Care

Physician and entrepreneur Ryan Van Wert, M.D., co-founded Palo Alto, Calif.-based advance care planning solution developer Vynca in 2013 to create tech products to guide and document advance care planning discussions that would be easily accessible to necessary stakeholders, including patients, families and clinicians. Van Wert is also an assistant professor at Stanford University where he […]

Hospices Leverage Acute Care Partnerships to Improve Access to Care

While staring down tighter reimbursements and intensified regulatory scrutiny, hospices are becoming interested in health care system integration because of improved access, collaboration, operational support, and financial stability. Hospices and hospitals are increasingly joining forces to provide goal concordant care, reduce costs and prevent readmissions, while supporting growth for the hospice. While most people wish […]

Some Providers Overlook POLSTs for End-of-Life Care

Close to 40% of patients in a recent study received end-of-life services in an intensive care unit, contrary to their wishes as documented in Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST). Researchers considered 1,818 patients suffering from serious or chronic illness who died between 2010 and 2017 in a two-hospital academic health system. Some patients were […]

Effective On-boarding Aids Hospice Staff Retention

Effective on-boarding practices, including training and orientation, can help stave off the impact of ongoing staffing shortages in the hospice space. Hospices nationwide are fine-tuning recruitment and retention strategies as demand for their services are rising as they continue to lose current staff, often due to retirement or burnout. More than 26% hospice leaders indicated […]

T. Boone Pickens Hospice & Palliative Care Center a Facility Design Exemplar

About 10 miles north of downtown Dallas sits a campus of buildings, walking paths and impeccable landscaping anchored around a five-acre pond. The connection of the buildings to the natural elements of the campus evokes a sense of tranquility and respite from the bustling Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. This is the T. Boone Pickens Hospice and […]

Hospice Providers: Staffing is Our Top 2020 Challenge

Concerns about staffing outweigh worries about growing competition in the hospice space as well as emerging payment models that stand to transform aspects of the industry such as the Medicare Advantage hospice carve-in and the Primary Care First initiatives. Hospice News in collaboration with Dallas-based tech company Homecare Homebase surveyed more than 300 industry professionals, […]

Hospice Primed for Growth in the Assisted Living Setting

Hospices expect to see substantial growth in the assisted living setting during 2020, followed by the skilled nursing setting.  Hospice News in collaboration with Dallas-based tech company Homecare Homebase surveyed more than 300 industry professionals, including owners, executive leaders, managers and staff about the movement they expect to see in the hospice space during 2020. […]

Hospice Nurse Building Nationwide Model for End-of-Life Clinician Training

As hospices contend with industry-wide staff shortages, Susan Lysaght Hurley, director of research at Massachusetts-based hospice provider Care Dimensions, is working to transform her organization’s nurse residency program into a national model.  The number of hospice and palliative care clinicians will drop precipitously during the next two decades, largely due to retirements and staff leaving […]