Hospice of Marion County Trains First Responders to Care for Dementia Patients

Florida-based Hospice of Marion County, an affiliate of Empath Health, is training first responders in its community on how to treat dementia patients. For several years, the nonprofit hospice has been educating family caregivers and others in their community about the experiences of dementia patients and how to better interact with them. More recently, Hospice […]

How Health Equity Impacts Hospices’ Bottom Lines

More hospices nationwide have increasingly recognized the value proposition of expanding their reach into untapped and underserved populations and geographic markets. Aside from increased access, census volumes and quality, health equity’s return on investment can also include a better recruitment and retention outlook, according to David Turner, vice president of special projects and initiatives at […]

Hospices Shaking Up Executive Teams

Blue Ridge Hospice Welcomes New VP of IT Virginia-based Blue Ridge Hospice has named Mohamad Hamad as its new vice president of information technology. Hamad will be responsible for implementing new technologies at the hospice organization that create operational efficiencies, improve patient care delivery and support its strategic initiatives. Technology will play a key role […]

Staff Training Key to Improving Hospice Quality Among LGBTQ+ Patients

Hospice staff training models with culturally appropriate LGBTQ+ components are key to improving quality outcomes among an increasingly diverse base of underserved seniors. Ongoing staff education and communication skill building are two significant pieces of bridging gaps of hospice care among LGBTQ+ seniors, according to Jerry Farmer, vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion at […]

Hospice of the Red River Valley Expands Services for Dual-Eligible Populations

North Dakota-based Hospice of the Red River Valley is focused on expanding its home- and community-based services among dual-eligible Medicare and Medicaid populations in need of greater support. Serious and terminally ill patients in lower socioeconomic and underserved regions face several competing challenges in accessing health care, according to Tracee Capron, executive director at Hospice […]

Compassus Enters Into Hospice, Home Health Partnership with OhioHealth

The home-based care provider Compassus has established a partnership with the health system OhioHealth to deliver home health and hospice services. Through this collaboration, Compassus will manage the two organizations’ collective home health and hospice operations. Compassus’ nearly 7,000 employees care for more than 120,000 patients each year in 30 states. “We’re proud to collaborate […]

Community Hospice & Palliative Care Setting Sights on Florida, Georgia Expansion

Florida-based Community Hospice & Palliative Care recently opened a new location in its home state that will serve as an office for interdisciplinary staff and a community center. The new center is a key part of the hospice and palliative care provider’s overall strategic growth plans to improve access among underserved populations, according to Community […]

Terminal Anorexia Patients Hitting Referral, Regulatory Barriers to Hospice Care

Hospice and behavioral health providers can better collaborate to improve outcomes among patients with severe enduring anorexia nervosa. Patients with eating disorders can face an array of challenges that impede access to health care and pose risk of negative care experiences, according to Dr. Jonathan Treem, regional medical director of palliative care and hospice at […]

The State of the Hospice Nursing Workforce 

Honing clinical scheduling and onboarding models is key to sustaining the hospice nurse workforce as demand for these clinicians rises and wages lag compared to those in other settings. Future generations of health care clinicians may be woefully unprepared to address both the quantity and and the complexity of emotional, physical and spiritual needs among […]

Data Paramount in Hospice-Payer, Referral Partner Negotiations

As hospice and palliative care providers move further into value-based care, data is becoming paramount to building payer and referral partner relationships. In this climate, hospices that can demonstrate their value — and their ability to financially and operationally weather changes in an evolving reimbursement landscape — will have a leg up on competitors. Key data […]