SCAN Group Intensifies Focus on Diversity, Health Care Equity

SCAN Group, parent company of SCAN Health Plan, is going all-in on promoting diversity among its patient population and staff. The company has created a new executive position to focus on those issues, tapping Timshel Tarbet as its new vice president of business excellence and diversity strategy. Diversity and equitable access to care has been […]

Direct Contracting an Avenue for Growth at Landmark Health

Landmark Health is opening up new pathways to growth via participation in the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation’s (CMMI) direct contracting program. Landmark has historically served Medicare Advantage beneficiaries, but the new payment models set to launch in 2021 will give the company access to the larger traditional Medicare population.  The U.S. Centers for […]

Hospice of Charles County Partners with UM Charles Regional on Inpatient Care

Maryland-based Hospice of Charles County, an affiliate brand of Hospice of the Chesapeake, has developed a partnership with University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center to provide general inpatient care within the hospital for hospice patients as well as the seriously ill. Patients nearing the end of life will have the option of transitioning to […]

Hospices Focus on EHR Interoperability to Prep for Value-Based Care

Electronic health record (EHR) interoperability is becoming a priority for hospice providers as they prepare for value-based care programs coming in 2021 such as the Primary Cares Serious Illness Population Model. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requires health care organizations that participate in the model to use certified EHR technology (CEHRT). […]

End Well Founder: Funding and Staff Support Needed to Weather COVID-19

Expanded hospice and palliative care training opportunities and increased federal assistance are necessary to weather pandemic-related storms, according to Shoshana Ungerleider, M.D., an internist practicing medicine at Crossover Health in San Francisco and founder of the organization End Well. The magnitude of the coronavirus pandemic has exposed deficiencies throughout the United States health care system, […]

Encompass to Reposition Hospice, Home Health Business, Considering Spin Off

Encompass Health (NYSE: EHC) is considering a strategic repositioning of its business lines that could lead to a spin off of their home health and hospice services to a new, separate company. Other options under consideration include a potential merger, sale, initial public offering or other transaction. Encompass provides both facility-based and home-based patient care […]

Pandemic Creates Push for Increased Hospice Caregiver Respite

A national study of hospice social workers indicated that the coronavirus pandemic has led to challenges of isolation, barriers to communication, and issues related to grieving among patients and the caregivers who support them. As hospice providers absorb the lessons of COVID-19, these issues have illuminated a growing need to allow in-home respite care, with […]

St. Croix Hospice Innovates to Keep Patients, Families Connected

St. Croix Hospice, a portfolio company of the private equity firm H.I.G. Capital, is taking a new approach to helping patients stave off the adverse effects of social isolation at the end of life. The company’s InTouch Family Connection Program is designed to help patients connect with family and loved ones both virtually and in […]

VITAS Opens Inpatient De Novo in Miami

VITAS Healthcare, a subsidiary of Chemed Corp. (NYSE: CHE), has expanded deeper into the Miami market with a new inpatient unit. The company expects the unit to serve more than 750 patients each year. The newly-constructed MedSquare Kendall facility is designed to provide inpatient and respite care in the Miami area with a home-like environment […]

United States Ranks Low in Palliative Care Duration

The average length that patients receive palliative care in the United States is lower than in other countries, a recent study reported. Much of the nation remains underserved despite rising demand, with limited payment opportunities restricting growth. A review of palliative services delivered worldwide indicated a wide variation in length of care received by people […]