Encompass Health CEO: Palliative Care Reimbursement Insufficient

Despite growing demand, the lack of a robust reimbursement structure for palliative care services may be keeping some providers out of that market. Encompass Health (NYSE: EHC) will not be entering the palliative care space any time soon, choosing to focus on growing its current hospice and home health operations. About 50% of community-based palliative […]

OpusCare Begins Work on New Hospice and Palliative Care Facility

OpusCare of Florida recently broke ground on what will be a hospice care facility scheduled to open in 2022. Rising demand and the need for expanded options for hospice care within the community were driving forces behind the new home-like facility. In addition to hospice and palliative care, OpusCare offers medications, medical equipment and supplies […]

Cost Savings, Rising Awareness Boosting Palliative Care Growth

The track record of palliative care providers helping patients avoid hospitalizations and readmissions is a significant driver of their growth. Rising awareness of the nature and availability of palliative care is also promoting utilization of these services, though providers continue to wrestle with the limited avenues for reimbursement. More stakeholders are beginning to realize the […]

Hillcrest Hospice Expands with Iowa De Novo

Nebraska-based Hillcrest Hospice, a subsidiary of Hillcrest Health Services, has moved into Western Iowa with a de novo location council bluffs. The new office will provide care in three counties in that state. Hillcrest Health Services provides a range of senior care services including independent and assisted living, post-acute rehabilitation, long term care, private duty […]

Saint Croix Expands Footprint in Minnesota

St. Croix Hospice, a portfolio company of the private equity firm H.I.G. Capital, has opened a de novo in Duluth, the second largest metropolitan area in the company’s home state of Minnesota. Demographic tailwinds offer strong support for hospice businesses in Minnesota. Seniors aged 65 and older comprise 15% of the Minnesota population, according to […]

Public Opioid Policy May Interfere with Hospice Patients’ Pain Management

Public policy intended to reduce opioid abuse and addiction appear to have the unintended consequence of limiting hospice patients’ access to these often necessary pain management drugs. Misapplication of current U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) guidelines for opioid prescribing is a likely contributor to this problem. Recent research spearheaded by the Oregon […]

SCAN Health Plan, MedArrive Bring COVID Vaccines to Homebound Patients

Nonprofit Medicare Advantage payer SCAN Health Plan has launched an initiative to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to homebound members in partnership with the health care logistics company MedArrive. The organization began the program in Los Angeles County, Calif., and quickly expanded to Orange County in that state with near-term plans to spread into more regions. SCAN […]

Empath, Stratum Rebrand Post-Merger

Post-acute health care providers Empath Health and Stratum Health System, which merged late last year, will be moving forward under the Empath Health brand. The merger made the combined company the largest nonprofit post-acute health system in the United States. The company’s hospice subsidiaries —Tidewell Hospice and Suncoast Hospice — will not rebrand. Their merged […]

VITAS Strengthens Referral Network During Pandemic

VITAS Healthcare, a subsidiary of Chemed Corp. (NYSE: CHE), has built up and diversified its referral base during the pandemic. This effort has helped the company withstand COVID-19 headwinds and establish a foundation for recovery as the year progresses.  VITAS saw two sequential quarters of strong admissions growth during the latter half of last year, […]

Joliet Area Community Hospice Rebrands as Lightways

Illinois-based Joliet Area Community Hospice has rebranded as Lightways Hospice and Serious Illness Care. The new brand is intended to reflect the organization’s continued growth trajectory and expanded patient reach and range of services, including serious illness care, pediatric care and grief support as well as hospice. The rebranding reflects a growing trend in hospice […]