Study: Analytics Boosted Palliative Consults 74%

Researchers at Penn Medicine, a component of the University of Pennsylvania, have developed a predictive analytics system that increased the organization’s number of palliative care consultations by 74%. The system, called Palliative Connect, extracts clinical data from an organization’s electronic medical records and uses machine learning to analyze 30 factors of a patient’s likely prognosis […]

Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care Rebrands as Helios Care

Oneonta, N.Y.-based Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care has rebranded as Helios Care to better reflect its full range of services and set the stage for expanding the hospice’s footprint. The name change comes at a time when hospices nationwide are diversifying their services to offer patients and families a broader continuum of care and […]

Engaging Faith Groups Supports Hospice Outreach

Hospices that engage with religious leaders and faith communities can boost their public outreach to bring patients into hospice earlier, promote advance care planning as well as increasing market share among unserved populations.  Hospices nationwide work with faith communities to educate the public about the benefits of hospice care and to provide spiritual care to […]

Hospice Leads to Higher Satisfaction for Kidney Disease Patients

Care focused on extending life rather than comfort among patients with advanced chronic kidney disease correlated with lower patient and family satisfaction whether or not the patients had received dialysis, according to a recent study published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Receipt of hospice or palliative care was associated with […]

Complementary Therapies Can Build Hospice Market Share

From animals to acupuncture, hospices are supplementing traditional “heads, meds, and beds” care with complementary therapies. Programs such as pet/animal therapy, acupuncture, massage, aromatherapy, meditation, art, music, and much more are drawing increased patient, leading more hospices to offer these types of services. In one study, 29% of hospices (169 out of 591) reported employing […]

Death Cafes Spur End-of-Life Care Conversations

Hospice providers nationwide are seeking and developing strategies for engaging with patients earlier in the course of their illness, as many patients come into hospice too late in the course of their disease to reap the full benefit of those services. One such strategy is to encourage early conversations about death, dying and associated health […]

Many Critical Care Nurses Unprepared to Provide Palliative Care

Critical care nurses say they feel unprepared to provide palliative care or hospice care, according to a recent study, underscoring the need to address growing clinical staff shortages in those fields.  More than 500 critical care nurses across seven intensive care units in a Virginia-based academic health center responded to a survey designed to measure […]

As Technology Advances, Hospice Evolves

Hospice is in a state of flux. The industry is evolving with the changing health care landscape in terms of practice, payment models and the pervasive presence of technology. Hospices nationwide are leveraging technological advancement to improve their workflows, improve efficiency and enhance patient care. Technologies such as predictive analytics, telemedicine systems, artificial intelligence and […]

Vermont Lab Uses Machine Learning to Guide Palliative Care Conversations

Researchers at the University of Vermont’s Conversation Lab are using machine learning to develop algorithms designed to optimize clinician-patient discussions of serious illness, palliative care and end-of-life care. The research team — led by Robert Gramling, M.D., associate professor of family medicine and the Miller Chair in Palliative Medicine at the University of Vermont’s Larner College […]

A New Industry Emerges Around Advance Care Planning

Companies are springing up nationwide offering products and services to support advance care planning, signaling that a new industry is joining forces with health care to ensure that patients receive goal-concordant care. Many of these companies offer technological solutions or frameworks to guide difficult conversations about end-of-life care and surragate decision makers should a patient […]