Hospice of St. Francis Rebrands, Expands Community-Based Care

Florida-based Hospice of St. Francis has rebranded as St. Francis Reflections Lifestage Center. Revisions to the name and logo were made in light of the organization’s expanded scope of community-based services in an area with a growing need for serious illness and end-of-life care. “After forty-three years of service to the people of Brevard [County] […]

Cambia Health Foundation Invests $1.5 million in UCSF Palliative Care Program

The Cambia Health Foundation has invested $1.5 million in a University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) program to support education and innovation in palliative care.  Cambia Health Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Portland, Ore.-based Cambia Health Solutions, an enterprise that includes more than 20 companies with the mission to improve the economic […]

Alleo Health Launches Hospice, Palliative Care Pulmonary Service

Hospice and palliative care provider Alleo Health has launched a new program to provide specialized care for end-stage chronic lung disease patients through daily assessments, an in-home comfort kit and additional clinical support. The program, branded as Clear Journey, is designed primarily to support Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), which encompasses a wide range of […]

Getting Upstream: A Hospice Playbook for Value-Based Care

With a new arena of payment options emerging in 2021, hospice providers are honing in on strategies to deliver value-based care amid a sea of risks. A heavier focus on advance care planning could be crucial for hospices making the play to participate in the Medicare Advantage demonstration project and Primary Care First payment models. […]

Amedisys Partners with BrightStar Care to Expand Personal Care Services

Hospice and home health care provider Amedisys, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMED), has forged a partnership with BrightStar Care, which will begin offering personal care services through Amedisys Personal Care Network. Amedisys’ network helps to coordinate care between the company’s home health and hospice operations as well as partner organizations that provide personal care, such as BrightStar. […]

Ohio’s Hospice Expands Community-Based Bereavement Care

Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare has expanded its bereavement programming beyond patient families and into the larger community. The Pathways of Hope program was recently introduced to the hospice’s service regions and surrounding areas, extending grief support and additional services to anyone experiencing loss. Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare is an affiliate of Ohio’s Hospice, a regional partnership of […]

Improving Hospice Access for Patients with Serious Mental Illness

Greater communication and deeper integration of psychiatric-palliative care are avenues for hospice providers seeking to remove barriers to access and improve quality of care for patients with mental illness. Research indicates significant disparities in the end-of-life experience for patients with serious persistent mental illnesses (SPMI), with inadequate collaboration among clinicians and lack of psychiatric-specific care […]

Queen City Hospice Pursues Rapid Expansion

Queen City Hospice in Ohio has aggressive plans to expand its operations in its home state and beyond by growing the service area of its current locations, de novos and possible forthcoming acquisitions. Queen City Hospice is a portfolio company of Stonehenge Partners Inc. The company is also affiliated with Capital City Hospice and Day […]

Ohio’s Hospice Ramps Up Staff Support During COVID-19

As health care workers of all stripes strain under the pressures brought on by the pandemic, Ohio’s Hospice and Pure Healthcare are collaborating on an initiative to combat stress and enhance staff health and wellness. The program, called Cope & Hope, is available to the full staff of all Ohio’s Hospice member agencies. The program’s […]

Hospices Strategize for Longer Patient Stays

A majority of patients continue to experience short lengths of stay in hospice, in many cases limiting their ability to receive the full benefits of those services. Confronted with this reality, providers are seeking new ways to connect with patients further upstream in the course of their illness.  Nearly 54% Medicare decedents received hospice care […]