Bluegrass Care Navigators Launches New Pediatric Palliative Care Service

Lexington, Ky.-based hospice provider Bluegrass Care Navigators has unveiled a new community-based pediatric palliative care program called Bright Path, offering specialized medical care for infants, children, adolescents and young adults suffering from serious illness.  Physicians, nurse practitioners, nurse coordinators, nurses, clinical social workers, and chaplains comprise the multidisciplinary team providing care through Bright Path. A […]

Experts Share Strategies to Reduce Hospice Medication Costs

Medications are a top expense for hospice providers, who are dependent on capitated per diem payments from Medicare. Hospices can’t increase the amount of their income per patient, so they must rely on creating efficiencies and effective cost management to raise their margins. In addition to medications themselves, hospices spend time, effort and money on […]

Report: 60% of Patients Needing Palliative Care Do Not Receive It

Close to 60% of patients who would benefit from palliative care do not receive those services, despite the availability of community-based palliative care as well as hospital-based palliative care, according to a new report from the New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst Insights Council.  NEJM Catalyst is a think tank composed of health care executives, […]

Community Hospice, Turn-Key Health Partner on Palliative Care

Forth Worth, Tex.-based Community Hospice of Texas and Providence Hospice is collaborating with technology firm Turn-Key Health, a subsidiary of Enclara Healthcare, to form a new community-based palliative care program to serve members of Medicare Advantage plans. Through the partnership, Community Hospice is leveraging Turn-Key’s Palliative Illness Management (PIM) application, which uses predictive analytics to […]

Interim HealthCare to Expand Dementia Program to the U.K.

Florida-based post-acute and hospice care franchisor Interim HealthCare, a subsidiary of Caring Brands International, is expanding its specialized dementia care program to the United Kingdom. Staff in the United Kingdom will begin training for the program later this month. All 325 of Interim’s franchisees in 44 states currently offer the program, which was launched in […]

Hospice of Southern Maine to Build Home Hospice Center

Hospice of Southern Maine has broken ground on a new 14,550 square-foot, $6.7 million Home Hospice Center to serve as the hub for its in-home hospice clinical teams, currently serving more than 200 patients daily in 66 southern Maine communities. The hospice expects the facility to open in the summer of 2020. In addition to […]

Capital Caring, Netsmart Partner on EHR Interoperability

Kansas-based health care technology firm Netsmart is partnering with Virginia-based nonprofit hospice provider Capital Caring to improve IT interoperability and improve workflows. Capital Caring will use the Netsmart’s myUnity electronic health record (EHR) system to reduce paper records and allow clinicians to receive patient data electronically to avoid unnecessary data entry. The system interfaces with […]

Researchers: Educate Hospice Staff on Medical Cannabis

Hospice clinicians, particularly those who perform home visits, need more education about how to address medical cannabis, authors of a recent Journal of Palliative Medicine study told Hospice News. With a rising number of states legalizing medical cannabis, hospice clinicians are increasingly likely to encounter the substance in patient homes. A team of pharmacist and […]

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mass., Working to Expand Advance Care Planning

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBS) is developing tools to guide advance care planning conversations, designed to identify patients’ wishes, goals, and desires for their care at the end of life or if they become unable to communicate or make decisions. The evidence-based tools will use specific terminology found to help individuals feel more […]