Hospices Engage Volunteers, Certification Programs to Boost Recruitment and Retention 

With workforce shortages expected to continue plaguing the hospice industry, providers have stepped up staffing support and are focused on developing career growth opportunities. Some providers are engaging volunteers as well as certification programs in their recruitment and retention strategies. The hospice and palliative care workforce has been shrinking in recent years, with staff burnout, […]

Mission Health Comes Out Swinging in Palliative Care Market

Hospice and home health provider Mission Healthcare is making a significant push into the palliative care space in its home state of California, with eyes on interstate expansion. The company launched its program in the Ventura, Calif., region and is now mobilizing to bring palliative care to each market it serves.  Mission is a portfolio […]

Amedisys, UMC Health Open Jointly Owned Hospice, Home Health Operation

Amedisys (NASDAQ: AMED) has partnered with the UMC Health System in Texas to launch a new hospice and home health location. The new operation will serve patients in Lubbock and the surrounding communities. With the COVID-19 pandemic causing patients anxiety about receiving institutional care, the outbreak has accelerated the trend of moving more health care […]

Providers Strategize to Close Racial Gaps in Hospice Care

While several health care providers have expanded their diversity initiatives to bridge racial divides, hospices have much room to grow in fostering stronger connections with underserved communities of color. Hospice providers who participated in a recent nationwide study indicated that increasing staff diversity and developing committees dedicated to diversity initiatives were strategies yielding the most […]

Physicians Likely to Switch Hospice Partners for Greater Tech Interoperability

A rising number of physicians would switch their contracts to a different hospice provider if the organization had an electronic health record (EHR) that is interoperable with their own. Likewise, hospices and other post-acute providers are increasingly recognizing the importance of achieving interoperability with their referral partners. Nearly 75% of physicians indicated in a MatrixCare […]

LHC Group Launches Hospice, Home Health Recruitment Blitz

LHC Group (NASDAQ: LHCG) is stepping up efforts to recruit clinical staff to match the home health and hospice provider’s rate of expansion. The company foresees 8% growth in same-store hospice admissions during 2021 and is rapidly hiring clinicians to keep up with demand.  Hospice providers often face unique recruitment challenges, particularly because medical, nursing, […]

Physician Offices an Engine for Hospice Referral Growth

New physician relationships are anticipated to be a major opportunity for referral partnership growth in 2021 among hospice providers. Communicating the value of hospice care to physicians will be an important key to developing and sustaining this largely untapped area of referring relationships.  Demographics, evolving payment models and shifts in patient accessibility during COVID-19 are […]

St. Croix Hospice Opens Missouri De Novo

St. Croix Hospice, a portfolio company of the private equity firm H.I.G. Capital in Missouri, has expanded with a de novo in the city of Independence, further building its footprint in the western portion of that state.  H.I.G. Capital acquired St. Croix from PE firm the Vistria Group last year for an undisclosed amount in […]

Agape Care Group Expands Into Georgia

South Carolina-headquartered hospice provider Agape Care Group has expanded into Georgia where it will serve 12 counties. Agape is a portfolio company of the Chicago-based private equity firm The Vistria Group.  Agape Care Group’s more than 900 employees care for 1,500 patients annually in South Carolina and now Georgia, providing hospice and palliative care. The new […]

Community Healthcare of Texas Launches Grief Care Tailored for LGBTQIA+ Families

Community Healthcare of Texas is launching a new bereavement care program tailored for members of the LGBTQIA+ community who are grieving. These groups have historically been underserved and much less likely to receive hospice or palliative care than the general population. Data on hospice utilization among the LGBTQIA+ community are scarce. Research shows that this […]