Hospice, Palliative Care Providers Seek Advance Care Planning Best Practices

Advance care planning has remained a priority for hospice and palliative care providers during the coronavirus pandemic as they strive to reach patients sooner in their illness trajectories and ensure goal-concordant end-of-life care. Research has shown that reaching patients sooner in the care continuum can be beneficial for providers and patients alike, as well as […]

The Rising Tide of Pediatric Hospice, Palliative Care

Though seniors receive most of the hospice care in the United States, a rising number of hospice and palliative care providers are focusing more of their attention on a very different patient population: children with serious or terminal illness. More than 47% of hospice patients in 2017 were older than 85, according to the National […]

Interim HealthCare Offers Education, Support for Dementia Patient Caregivers

Hospice providers have increasingly focused on dementia care among the rising demand to support these caregivers and the unique challenges they face. Interim HealthCare is among the providers boosting support for dementia caregivers with a recently launched guide addressing the specific complexities of these patients’ needs. As the number of seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s […]

CAPC, Hartford Foundation Collaborate on Palliative Care Innovation

The John A. Hartford Foundation is collaborating with the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) on the “Tipping Point Challenge,” intended to spur innovation and quality improvement in serious illness care. All health care organizations, settings, disciplines and specialties nationwide are eligible to participate in the 10-month program, in which providers receive an honorarium to […]

Hospice of Medina County Closes Inpatient Unit, Reduces Staff

Cleveland, Ohio-based Hospice of the Western Reserve and its affiliate, Hospice of Medina County, have initiated staff layoffs and other cost cutting measures including the suspension of inpatient care at HMC’s Inpatient Care Center. The hospice cited increasing demand for hospice services, new regulatory requirements and declining Medicare reimbursements have led to reduced inpatient admissions. […]

Florida Exempts Hospices from Opioid Alternative Law

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has signed into law legislation that exempts hospices from a requirement that providers offer alternatives to opioids for anesthesia and pain management. The new law, H.B. 743, removes hospices and critical care units from a list of types of health care providers to which the opioid substitution rule applies. The […]

Joshua Proffitt Named President of LHC Group

Chief financial officer Joshua Proffiitt has been promoted to president of the hospice and home health giant LHC Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: LHCG), with Robert Williams coming in as the new CFO. Williams was most recently vice president of financial operations for ChenMed, which provides primary care to seniors with complex chronic diseases. Proffitt joined LHC […]

Former CareMore CEO Sachin Jain to Lead SCAN Health Plan

Sachin Jain, M.D., will be taking the helm of SCAN Health Plan, a nonprofit Medicare Advantage plan, as the company’s president and CEO. Jain in April stepped down as CEO of Aspire Health and CareMore Health, both subsidiaries of Anthem (NYSE: ANTM). At SCAN, Jain will be leading a $2.4 billion organization that covers more […]

Empath Health Execs: Hospice Hasn’t Skipped a Beat During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit many hospices hard both financially and from an operational standpoint.  Many providers have wrangled with supply shortages, dwindling access to personal protective equipment, rising prices, reduced referrals and very limited access to their patients in nursing homes during the outbreak. Hospices also have had to redesign many of their processes […]

Hospice of Southern Maine, Granite State College Partner on Staff Education

Hospice of Southern Maine (HSM) recently partnered with Granite State College to offer its employees reduced tuition in pursuing higher education. While the coronavirus pandemic has been a large concern for hospice providers in 2020, staffing has also remained among the top challenges. With the industry facing widespread staffing shortages across all professional disciplines, hospices […]