Voices: Jim McDevitt, President, Trella Health

This article is sponsored by Trella Health.In this Voices interview, Hospice News sits down with Trella Health President Jim McDevitt to get his take on the greatest challenges for hospice providers today, where they can find opportunity in light of today’s operating environment, and why he thinks data is at the core of providing care […]

Tennessee Initiative Working to Expand Palliative Care

A major statewide initiative is underway in Tennessee to expand awareness and utilization of palliative care. The project involves state agencies, hospices and other health care providers, along with health care advocacy groups. The effort has its roots in a 2018 state law that established a Palliative Care and Quality of Life Advisory Council, designed […]

Nonprofit to Open Hospice House in Sioux City

Mitchell House, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in Sioux City, Iowa, is opening the city’s first boarding house for hospice patients in fall of 2020. The house is designed for terminally ill patients whose residences are not suitable for routine or continuous home care, or those whose care needs are too complex for family caregivers to manage. […]

Emmanuel Hospice Unveils Virtual Reality Program

Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Emmanuel Hospice has launched a virtual reality program to bring patients additional relief and to differentiate their hospice from its competitors. Using a combination of virtual reality headsets, a handheld device and smartphone applications, patients can use the system to explore accurately depicted locales such as Paris or Amsterdam, as well as […]

Lack of Palliative Care Definition Impacts Patients, Hospice Business

Community-based palliative care is expanding exponentially nationwide with hospice providers at the forefront, but efforts to build care and payment models are hitting a wall due to the lack of a standardized definition for those services. Patients and families who are facing serious illness need palliative care, and providers need sustainable payment and clinical models. […]

More Patients with Cardiovascular Disease Dying at Home

More patients suffering from cardiovascular disease are dying in their homes rather than in the hospital, a new study has found. However, racial and socioeconomic disparities continue to have an impact on where patients end their lives. Between 2003 and 2017 nearly 31% of patients suffering from conditions such as heart failure, ischemic heart disease, […]

Hospices Leverage Social Media Marketing

To compete in the increasingly competitive digital marketplace, hospice providers must become more sophisticated in their use of social media, experts say. Using these tools effectively helps develop and promote your brand, identify and attract prospective patients, and recruit good staff.  Social media offers marketing opportunities that few businesses can afford to underestimate or ignore, […]

Enclara, Ohio’s Hospice Collaborate on Medication Efficiency

Enclara Pharmacia, a provider of PBM services for hospice and palliative care, is partnering with Ohio’s Hospice to build efficiencies into the organization’s medication management processes. Ohio’s Hospice will use Enclara’s E3 Mobile application, which is interoperable with the organizations electronic medical records system, clinicians, and the pharmacy. The application is designed to reduce necessary […]

Home-Based Primary Care May Be Hospices’ Next Frontier

As hospices seek new ways to engage patients further upstream, a rising number are diversifying their services to include home-based primary care, along with palliative care and other care models. Evidence indicates that these primary care programs carry substantial benefits for patients and families and can have a significant positive impact on a hospice’s bottom […]

Empath Health VP: Break Down Demographic Barriers to Hospice Care

Disparities among demographic groups related to access to care, as well as the quality of that care, have been widespread for decades across the health care system, and hospice is no exception. To help their organization address this issue, Clearwater, Fla.-based hospice, palliative care and home health care provider Empath Health has appointed Karen Davis-Pritchett […]