Drone Flights Bring Comfort to Hospice Patients

Ohio-based aerial drone photography company Aerial Anthropology has launched a nonprofit arm called the Flight to Remember Foundation that gives hospice patients a last look at a special place from their past, as well as sights they have always wished to see.  The founders of Aerial Anthropology, married couple Ashley and Tom Davis, founded the […]

Hospice Rebrands as Community Healthcare of Texas

Community Hospice of Texas, the largest nonprofit hospice provider in the Lone Star State, has rebranded as Community Healthcare of Texas, reflecting a growing trend of hospices updating their brands to reflect an expanding scope of services in anticipation of value-based payment models.  The Community Healthcare of Texas rebranding reflects the organization’s intentions of engaging […]

Improving Health Literacy Could Boost Access to Hospice, Palliative Care

A lack of health literacy may pose a barrier to patients receiving hospice or palliative care, including delaying their entry into hospice. Patients who lack an understanding of health care information or terminology, do not understand their own illnesses, or who misconstrue the nature of hospice or palliative care may lack the necessary tools to […]

Palliative Care Growth a 2020 Priority

The palliative care field can expect to see continued growth during 2020 despite the lack of a dedicated Medicare payment model, a continued need to raise public awareness, and ongoing staffing shortages.  About half of the community-based palliative care providers in the United States are hospices, according to recent research from the Center to Advance […]

Looking Ahead: Hospice in 2020

The hospice space is evolving and providers will likely spend much of 2020 girding themselves for more change, including movement towards value-based payment models, accelerating industry consolidation, and possible changes to reimbursement, among others. At the forefront of many hospice leaders’ minds will be how they should gear up for the Medicare Advantage hospice carve-in […]

Integriti3D Launches Hospice-Centered Governance Program

California-based Integriti3D, a hospice and palliative care management consulting firm, has unveiled its Hospice Governance Academy, a program designed to help providers optimize their boards of directors. The program is focused entirely on the hospice and palliative care fields. The program features a self-guided eLearning platform for board development. Educational materials include a series of […]

Hospices Represent Half of In-Home Palliative Care Providers

Data on the availability of community-based palliative care services is limited, but new numbers from the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) show that at least half of the in-home providers of those services in the United States are hospices. CAPC recently completed a three-year project to quantify the prevalence of community-based palliative care providers […]

Interim Healthcare Finds Winning Strategy on Staff Retention

Hospice and home health care provider Interim Healthcare is pursuing a multifaceted initiative to combat the effects of industry-wide staffing shortages. Combined, these efforts have enabled the company’s franchisees to increase the number of candidates they attract by five fold. Currently the United States has 13.35 hospice and palliative care specialists for every 100,000 adults […]

Compassus Doubles Down on Hospice De Novos

Nashville-based hospice provider Compassus has stepped up de novo activity in several states, most recently in Huntington, Ind., with other new locations in the town of Washington, Iowa and Waco, Texas.  Each of these three new locations has opened within the past 30 days. The Indiana location will serve four counties surrounding the Ft. Wayne, […]

More Deaths Now Occur in Homes than Hospitals, Nursing Facilities

For the first time since the early 20th Century more people are ending their lives in their homes rather than the hospital or a nursing facility, according to a new report that appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine. The percentage of deaths that took place in a private residence rose to 30% in […]