Racial Disparities Persist Among Palliative Patients with Kidney Disease

Patients of color suffering from advanced kidney disease are underrepresented among palliative care patients, recent research has found. Outreach to these communities can improve patients’ quality of life as well as expand providers’ market penetration. Palliative care utilization among hospitalized patients suffering from end-stage kidney disease has risen overall, the study found, but black and […]

Residential End-of-Life Care Facility to Open in California

The Southern California Hospice Foundation is building the first-of-its-kind residential, end-of-life care home to be established in Orange County, Calif., and the fourth such residence in the state. Dubbed Heavenly Home, the six-bedroom facility provides vulnerable hospice patients with a place to live during the last three weeks of life, staffed with full time caregivers. […]

Confessions of a Board Member: Small Hospice Non-Profits Will Not Survive

Hospices nationwide are increasingly impacted by consolidation not only in their own sector but among their referral partners, including acute care hospitals. These consolidations particularly threaten smaller, nonprofit providers who are struggling to compete with large, national for-profit entities. When groups of acute care providers consolidate, many seek a single post-acute provider who can offer […]

Empath Health Launches Palliative Program for Heart Failure Patients

Clearwater, Fla.-based Empath Health has developed a new population health management program focused on heart failure patients that provides a continuum of services from home health care, palliative care and hospice. The program’s palliative care and hospice staff, including clinicians, home health aides and volunteers receive specialized training in caring for the unique symptom management […]

Hospice of Health First’s Wellness Initiative Helps Staff Prevent Burnout

As hospices contend with increasingly severe staff shortages and widespread staff burnout, Melbourne, Fla.-based Hospice of Health First, a component of the integrated health care delivery network Health First, is developing employee wellness programs designed to improve worker satisfaction and aid in staff retention. Among hospice and palliative care clinicians, more than 62% have reported […]

Dementia Patients Likely to Receive Intense Treatment at End-of-Life

Nursing home residents with advanced dementia often receive burdensome interventions at the end-of-life rather than palliative care or hospice care, particularly among male patients, new research has found. Researchers examined the medical records of more than 27,200 nursing home residents in the late stages of dementia who died between June 1, 2010 and March 31, […]

Hospices Overcoming Challenges in Vetting Staff

Issues such as criminal background checks and credentialing and privileging are significant drivers of regulatory deficiencies among hospice providers, leading hospices to seek strategies to improve compliance. Inadequate vetting of staff was one of the most commonly occurring regulatory survey deficiencies discussed in recent reports from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office […]

Hospice of the Chesapeake Program Explores How Men Grieve

Maryland-based Hospice of the Chesapeake in September will launch a new bereavement care program focused on the unique ways that men grieve.  Men are less likely to express or discuss their grief following a loved one’s death, according to the 2010 book Grieving Beyond Gender: Understanding the Ways Men and Women Mourn, by K.J. Doka […]

More Stroke Patients Seeking Hospice Care

Hospice utilization among stroke patients is on the rise as an increasing number choose to end their lives in their homes, according to a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association-Neurology. More than 2 million people in the United States died as a result of cerebrovascular disease during the study period, which […]

Effective Comprehensive Assessments Prevent Hospice Survey Deficiencies

Hospices are taking stock of their comprehensive patient assessment processes in the wake of two government reports on quality deficiencies that received widespread media coverage. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released the reports in July, indicating that more than 87% of the 4,563 hospices operating in […]