Hospice of Southern Maine Unveils New Home Hospice Center

Hospice of Southern Maine has opened the doors of its new Home Hospice Center, built in response to growing demand for hospice as well as to support staff, volunteer and community needs. The facility serves as a headquarters for the organization’s home hospice clinical operations, in addition to providing an expanded space for staff training, […]

Ohio Living Partners with Good Shepherd Home, Extends Hospice Footprint

Senior housing operator Ohio Living’s home health and hospice segment has entered into a partnership with Good Shepherd Home, allowing the company to extend its health care services to three additional counties in its home state. Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice, which serves the Toledo metropolitan area, and Good Shepherd have co-branded the initiative […]

Providers Seek to Integrate Behavioral Health with Palliative Care

Bolstering behavioral health programming in seriously ill populations could improve patient outcomes and have lasting impacts on care models and payment structures, according to research in the palliative care field. However, palliative care providers investing in behavioral health integration contend with challenges of specialized workforce shortages and a lack of understanding in psychosocial-specific care needs. […]

ProPublica: COVID Patients Sent to Hospice Against Families’ Wishes

COVID-19 patients were discharged from New Orleans hospitals into their homes or a hospice facility against the wishes of their families, a recent ProPublica investigation alleged. Each of the affected families was African American, the report indicated. Though the Kaiser Health Foundation reports that more than 70% of people in the United States say they […]

Hospice Employees May Turn to Unions if Feeling Unheard

Listening to hospice employees and addressing their needs and concerns is essential to staff recruitment and retention. Failing to do this could also motivate staff to pursue unionization, according to lawyers from the firm Husch Blackwell.  Unionization is uncommon in hospice, but local media reports in some communities show that the movement has gained some […]

St. Croix Hospice Launches Weekly COVID-19 Testing

Hospice providers have ramped up staff screening procedures as the novel coronavirus swept its way across the nation earlier this year. The pandemic continues to build speed with spikes in cases and death counts. St. Croix Hospice is among the providers boosting their infection control procedures. The hospice recently implemented weekly COVID-19 testing among staff […]

Alleo’s ABC Hospice Develops Specialized Dementia Services

Alabama-based ABC Hospice, a portfolio company of the nonprofit Alleo Health System, has put in motion a new initiative to support patients suffering from symptoms of dementia, even if that is not the primary diagnosis.  Branded as Memorable Journey, the program is tailored to the unique needs of dementia patients. About 15.6% of hospice recipients […]

LHC Group, University Health Care System Joint Venture to Include Hospice

Hospice and home health provider LHC Group (NASDAQ: LHCG) has agreed to create a joint venture with Augusta, Ga.-based University Health Care System to expand hospice and home health services in eight cities throughout Georgia and South Carolina. Two LHC Group hospice locations will comprise the joint venture with three University Health home health providers, […]

NHPCO: Fostering Trust Key to Reaching Patients Underserved by Hospice

Hospices must work to foster trust among minority and ethnic communities that are underserved by hospice, particularly during a pandemic that has disproportionately impacted people of color, according to a new position paper from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s (NHPCO) Diversity Advisory Council. Demographic populations that historically have been underserved by hospice are […]

Hospices Reshape RCM in a Remote World

As the business of hospice turns more virtual during the coronavirus pandemic, leaders are increasingly looking ahead at the long-term impacts and sustainability of remote operations. Accountability measures and efficient technology will be key as hospices seek new ways to reshape remote revenue cycle management (RCM). Telecommuting has been on the rise in several industries, […]