Hospice of the Western Reserve Boosts COVID Resilience Via JVs, Partnerships

After hitting some financial setbacks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cleveland, Ohio-based Hospice of the Western Reserve plans to leverage joint ventures and collaborative partnerships to fuel growth. Hospice of the Western Reserve is among the many hospices nationwide that has been pummeled by financial blows of the coronavirus pandemic. Economic fallout from COVID-19 was […]

St. Croix Opens Nebraska De Novo

St. Croix Hospice has launched a de novo location in Norfolk, Nebraska, extending the company’s footprint into the northeastern region of that state. St. Croix is a portfolio company of the private equity firm H.I.G. Capital. St. Croix has been on a solid growth trajectory during 2020 and into this year. The company expanded last […]

Fostering Hospice Staff Resilience During COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has taken a heavy toll on hospice staff since its onset. From clinical to back-office operations, the weight of overwhelmed and understaffed teams has added strain to an already burned out and shrinking workforce. Providing care and support to staff will remain a priority as hospice leaders learn lessons from COVID-19. Putting […]

St. Croix Hospice Appoints Stephen Phenneger as CFO

Private equity-backed St. Croix Hospice has appointed Stephen Phenneger as president and chief financial officer. He has been serving as interim CFO since March 2020 and has been actively involved in the hospice’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Phenneger was acting CFO during the sale of St. Croix to the private equity firm H.I.G. Capital […]

Advanced Illness Partners Hospice Collaboration Moving Care Upstream

Advanced Illness Partners (AIP), a joint enterprise established by seven hospice and palliative care providers, will enable its members to provide care further upstream for patients suffering from serious and chronic diseases. The venture was designed to facilitate participation in soon-to-be implemented direct contracting payment models from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services […]

AccentCare Expands Executive Team with New COO Chris Dimos

Hospice and home health provider AccentCare has installed Chris Dimos as the company’s first chief operations officer. Dimos comes to AccentCare after serving as president of retail solutions at McKesson Pharmaceutical Solutions and Services, a segment of McKesson Corp. (NYSE: MCK), a Fortune 10 company.  Dimos began his health care career as a pharmacist and moved […]

Amedisys, Option Care Health Partner on COVID-19 Infusion Therapy 

Amedisys Inc. (NASDAQ: AMED) and Option Care Health Inc. (NASDAQ: OPCH) have formed a partnership to issue a COVID-19 infusion therapy to patients in long-term care facilities throughout the Indianapolis and Valparaiso, Ind., markets. The effort is intended to assist residents in a setting hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Amedisys felt well-poised to take […]

Hospices Can Leverage Mental Health Care for Better Quality, Growth

Hospices are increasingly offering expanded behavioral health services to improve care for patients suffering with serious mental illnesses (SMIs) at the end of life. Rising demand for these services comes at a strenuous time for hospices amid shifting payment policies and a worldwide pandemic. Investing to expand mental health programming poses both challenging financial risks […]

Seven Hospice Providers Form Advanced Illness Partners Direct Contracting Venture

A group of seven hospice and senior care providers have formed Advanced Illness Partners (AIP), a joint venture partnership geared for participation in the direct contracting payment models from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation. Several of the models are slated to launch in April, with a geographic direct contracting option coming in 2022.  […]

Film ‘The Elephant in the Room’ Shines a Light on Palliative Care

Public misperception is a barrier between patients and palliative care. Based on the true story of a nurse practitioner’s experiences with patients and families facing serious and terminal illnesses, the film “The Elephant in the Room” depicts the patient-centered interdisciplinary care that so many seriously ill patients need. The film was written by Bonnie Freeman […]