Study: 62% of Hospice Clinicians Experience Burnout

More than 62% of hospice and palliative care clinicians have suffered from burnout, research indicates. As hospices contend with widespread staff shortages across all disciplines, staff burnout threatens to increase turnover and cause some staff to leave the industry altogether. Factors leading to burnout included emotional exhaustion, working longer hours, being younger than 50-years-old, and […]

Ensign Group Spins Off Hospice and Home Health Segment

The Ensign Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: ENSG), will separate its hospice and home health segments into a publicly traded entity called The Pennant Group, Inc., with the split expected to complete in the 4th quarter of the year, pending regulatory, legal and board approval. Pennant will include 60 home health and hospice agencies, 51 senior living […]

Colorado Hospice to Launch ‘Center for Living Your Best’

HopeWest, a Grand Junction, Colo., nonprofit hospice provider, is building a new $12 million complex called the Center for Living Your Best to provide comprehensive services for seniors who wish to age in place. In addition to the center, the hospice is also launching handyman and lawn mowing and other services designed to help patients […]

NPHI Innovation Lab to Support Hospice Service Diversification

As hospice providers nationwide seek to integrate new medical and non-medical offerings into their portfolios, the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation has developed a forum for nonprofit, community-based hospices to provide mutual support on service diversification. Dubbed the Innovation Lab, the program will study new approaches deployed by the partnership’s members to identify effective new […]

Seasons Hospice Opens New Inpatient Facility

Florida-based Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care has opened a new inpatient center on the second floor of Memorial Hospital Pembroke in Pembroke Pines, Fla. The new facility began operating on April 25. Though hospice care is predominantly provided in the patient’s residence, some have symptoms or conditions that cannot be addressed in the home setting. […]

NY Times: ‘GITMO’ Prisoners May Need Hospice Care

The detention center for terrorism suspects at the Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba is facing an issue they hadn’t previously considered: Inmates are aging, and some will soon need end-of-life and palliative care, according to a New York Times report. The issue is raising a host of questions in the Pentagon, such as how much […]

Strategies to Prevent Drug Diversion in Hospice Care

Hospice providers are paying closer attention to the issue of drug diversion, as the opioid crisis continues and a rising number of prescription drugs finding their way to street dealers and black market internet sites. Consequently, pain management, one of hospices’ most essential priorities, has become more complicated. Hospice providers are seeking new ways to […]

CareCentrix, Turn-Key Partner to Expand Palliative Care

CareCentrix and Turn-Key Health are integrating their respective care management and predictive analytic platforms to help identify seriously ill patients in need of community-based palliative care. The companies are integrating the CareCentrix HomeBridge platform with Turn-Key’s Palliative Illness Management (PIM) application. The combined system will bring 200 million discharge records from the HomeBridge program into […]

Strategies to Boost Hospice CAHPS Scores

Profitability is becoming inseparable from quality in today’s health care marketplace. Consequently, strong performance on publicly reported quality and caregiver satisfaction data is becoming increasingly crucial to hospice business performance. Among the most important sources of data is the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) survey. Patients and families in increasing numbers are […]

Kreger Becomes VITAS CFO

The nation’s largest provider of hospice services, Miami-based VITAS Healthcare, has named Jeffrey M. Kreger to be its new executive vice president and chief financial officer. VITAS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Chemed Corp (NASDAQ: CHEM), which also owns Roto-Rooter. Kreger comes to the company at a time of strong financial performance. Kreger’s appointment […]