Hospices Gear Up to Face COVID 19

The health care community is bracing itself for a potential widespread outbreak of the COVID 19 coronavirus strain, and hospices are no exception. While hospice patients are in their final days, preventing infections that could cause greater suffering remains essential to the hospice mission. Patients infected with COVID 19 have presented in nearly 70 locations […]

Palliative Care Data Collaborative Aims to Improve Quality

Access to quantitative and benchmarked quality data are common expectations of palliative care providers, health systems, and payers. For more than a decade, three quality measurement registries have met that expectancy: the Global Palliative Care Quality Alliance, the National Palliative Care Registry™, and the Palliative Care Quality Network. As the field has grown, however, the […]

Staffing a Barrier to Palliative Care Growth

While the number of hospices and other organizations providing palliative care continues to expand nationwide, staffing shortages represent a barrier that threatens to slow this growth. The United States has 13.35 hospice and palliative care specialists for every 100,000 adults 65 and older, according to an April 2018 study. The research estimated that by 2040 […]

Nearly 20% of Unpaid Caregivers in Poor Health

Caring for a chronically ill loved one, or a person who has reached the end-of-life, involves tremendous effort and sacrifice on the part of unpaid caregivers, including patients’ spouses, significant others, children and other friends or family. A new study indicates that many of these caregivers are themselves in poor health, which can impact high-acuity […]

Hospices Strategize to Stave Off Cap Overage Payments

Careful management of resources can help hospices avoid the need to repay Medicare for revenues that exceed the payment cap. Hospices that receive Medicare payments are likely familiar with payment caps: upper limits to the amount of funds a hospice can collect from Medicare in a single fiscal year. Hospices that exceed either the inpatient […]

Quality Forum, Vynca, Ochsner Partner to Build Advance Care Plan Registry

The Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum is partnering with California-based advance care planning technology firm Vynca and the Ochsner health system to implement a statewide registry for the bayou state’s Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (LaPost) forms and advance directives.  LaPOST documents contain advance directives, patient wishes and goals for end-of-life care and often […]

Community Hospice, Senior Services Joint Venture Embraces PACE

Florida-based Community Hospice & Palliative Care is opening a Program for All-Inclusive Care of the Elderly (PACE) center in Jacksonville in a joint venture with Aging True Community Senior Services. The joint venture is known as PACE Partners of Northeast Florida. The center is the first of its kind in northern Florida and the fifth […]

Vynca CEO: Technology Supports Goal-Concordant Hospice Care

Physician and entrepreneur Ryan Van Wert, M.D., co-founded Palo Alto, Calif.-based advance care planning solution developer Vynca in 2013 to create tech products to guide and document advance care planning discussions that would be easily accessible to necessary stakeholders, including patients, families and clinicians. Van Wert is also an assistant professor at Stanford University where he […]

Hospices Leverage Acute Care Partnerships to Improve Access to Care

While staring down tighter reimbursements and intensified regulatory scrutiny, hospices are becoming interested in health care system integration because of improved access, collaboration, operational support, and financial stability. Hospices and hospitals are increasingly joining forces to provide goal concordant care, reduce costs and prevent readmissions, while supporting growth for the hospice. While most people wish […]