Hospices Struggle to Access Patients in Nursing Homes Amid Pandemic

With older adults suffering from chronic or life-limiting medical conditions among those most vulnerable during the COVID-19 outbreak, nursing homes across the country are restricting access to their facilities. As a result, hospice providers have experienced difficulty accessing their patients in nursing home settings. Nursing home populations are at the highest risk of being affected […]

Earlier Hospice Referral a Priority for Bereaved Families

A wish among bereaved families of hospice patients is that their loved one had been referred to hospice earlier, new research has found. Researchers from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute surveyed 140 bereaved family members to evaluate their experiences of the clinical care their loved one received and the perceived effect this care had on […]

70 Nonprofit Providers Establish Hospice Hotline

The 70 nonprofit hospice providers that comprise the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation (NPHI) have set up a hotline for patients, caregivers and families who need home- or community-based end-of-life or palliative care.  The number for the new hotline is (844)-GET-NPHI [(844) 438-6744].  “Making the decision to receive hospice, advanced illness or palliative care can […]

Hospices Turn to Telehealth to Reach Patients During COVID-19 Outbreak

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to take shape, hospices are increasingly using telehealth services to limit physical contact with patients and practice social distancing. Strategies to implement this method of support to patients and their families are evolving during the worldwide health emergency. Hospices around the country are working to reduce risk of exposure to […]

St. Croix Hospice Opens Midwest De Novo

St. Croix Hospice, based in St. Paul, Minn., further expanded its reach of services across the Midwest with a new location in LaCrosse, Wisc. The investment into the state’s hospice market has the potential to impact more than a million senior citizens living in that state. St. Croix is a portfolio company of the Chicago-based […]

Hospice, Palliative Care Patients at High Risk for COVID-19 

The hospice and palliative care patient populations are among the most vulnerable to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection. Understanding the risk points can be key for providers to minimize the potential risks of COVID-19 on aging and seriously ill patients. The symptoms of COVID-19 will be considerably more severe for adults age 60 or older who […]

Empath Health Community Outreach Director: Connect with Underserved Populations 

Laurie Tillotson-Colbert was recently tapped to be director of provider and community relations for Empath Health, which among other holdings owns and operates Suncoast Hospice in Florida. In this role, Tillotson-Colbert will lead teams who will work to develop professional relationships with care and referral partners as well as community outreach, including engagement with populations that […]

Chapters Health System Doubles Hospice Footprint in Florida

The Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration has awarded a certificate of need to Tampa-based Chapters Health System that will double the nonprofit provider’s hospice presence in that state. “At Chapters Health, we are always looking for opportunities to increase and expand access to quality health care for a greater number of individuals in our communities […]

Cyft Learning Collaborative Aims to Help Hospices Navigate Value-Based Payment Models

Massachusetts-based health care data analytics firm Cyft Inc. has established a nationwide effort to help health care organizations, and hospices in particular, learn to better collect, analyze and leverage data to support patient care and improve negotiating power with payers as well as referral partners. The Serious Illness Performance Collaborative is designed to educate providers […]

Hospices Contend with Drug Diversion

Drug diversion — the transfer of a prescription medication from a lawful to an unlawful channel of distribution or use — is a prevalent issue throughout the health care continuum. Hospice providers and other organizations that provide care in the home face unique challenges due to the potential easy access to the patients’ medications. Despite […]