Former CMS Chief Berwick: Hospice, Health Care Needs to Reorient Systems Around Patient Needs

Delivering quality health care requires a moral compass, according to Don Berwick, M.D., former administrator for the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and founding CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. This requires hospice providers to go beyond regulatory compliance when they think about quality, with equitable access as a key component, […]

Iowa Hospice House Undergoes $3.5 Million Renovation

The Kavanagh House based in Des Moines, Iowa, is set for renovations to begin next month that will restore and upgrade the nearly 30-year old building and grounds, expected to cost more than $3.5 million. The remodeled hospice house will feature updates to medical equipment, technologies and building amenities aimed at improving patient and family […]

Mission Health Expands with Orange County De Novo

San Diego-based Mission Healthcare has opened a de novo in Orange County, Calif., the company’s fourteenth location. Mission’s footprint has been concentrated in the southern portion of its home state but is gradually moving north, starting with the recent acquisition of Alliance Home Health & Hospice for an undisclosed amount. Mission is a portfolio company […]

Hospice of the Western Reserve Breaks Ground on $3.25 Million Care Solutions Center

Hospice of the Western Reserve has begun construction on a $3.25 million facility built with an advanced technology system aimed at improving operational efficiency and patient experiences. The new Care Solutions Center represents a technological investment anticipated to bring in significant savings in the long-term, according to president and CEO William Finn. Hospice of the […]

Silverstone Hospice Leverages Volunteerism to Grow Workforce

Silverstone Hospice has a growing presence in its home state of Texas. The company emerged last year with the acquisition of Comfort Care in the Dallas-Ft. Worth market. Since its inception, Silverstone has been built on a foundation of volunteerism. A number of staff, including CEO Alfonso Montiel, first came to the hospice industry through […]

Hospice Leverage Emerging Technologies to Build Efficiency

Hospices are seeking to build new levels of efficiency into their workflows as they contend with COVID-19 headwinds and prepare for participation in value-based payment models. A rising number of providers are turning to emerging technologies to support those efforts including artificial intelligence, telehealth and robotic process automation. Payment models that are newly available to […]

Agrace Hospice & Supportive Care Opens Adult Day Services Center

Agrace Hospice & Supportive Care is opening an adult day service center that will provide an array of support and clinical services to aging, chronically ill and dying populations and their families in the Madison, Wisc., and surrounding areas. Agrace is a community-based hospice and palliative care provider headquartered in Madison, Wisc., with offices located […]

Hospices Employ Gap Analyses to Build Palliative Care Programs

An assessment of community needs is essential for hospices working to establish or grow their palliative care programs. Providers need to understand the population that they serve in terms of demographics, culture and the availability of palliative care and other health care services in that region. While no standardized definition exists for “palliative care,” the […]

Hospices Engage Volunteers, Certification Programs to Boost Recruitment and Retention 

With workforce shortages expected to continue plaguing the hospice industry, providers have stepped up staffing support and are focused on developing career growth opportunities. Some providers are engaging volunteers as well as certification programs in their recruitment and retention strategies. The hospice and palliative care workforce has been shrinking in recent years, with staff burnout, […]

Mission Health Comes Out Swinging in Palliative Care Market

Hospice and home health provider Mission Healthcare is making a significant push into the palliative care space in its home state of California, with eyes on interstate expansion. The company launched its program in the Ventura, Calif., region and is now mobilizing to bring palliative care to each market it serves.  Mission is a portfolio […]