University of Maryland Medical School Creates Palliative Care Division

As hospice and palliative care providers work to prevent staff shortages from reaching crisis levels, institutions like the University of Maryland are expanding educational opportunities for clinicians seeking hospice and palliative care training. The University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) has established a new Division of Palliative Medicine to help bolster the palliative care […]

University of Nebraska Creates Hospice, Palliative Care Fellowship

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) has received approval to create a fellowship program in hospice and palliative medicine, creating that state’s first formal training program to alleviate the ongoing shortage of hospice and palliative care clinicians. The Omaha-based Children’s Hospital and Medical Center and Nebraska-Iowa Veterans Affairs Healthcare System will partner with the […]

Family Caregiver Training Helps Keep Hospice Patients At Home

Many patients would be unable to remain in their homes without family support, leading to costly hospitalizations and nursing home admissions, but these caregivers often need education on how to care for their loved ones at the end-of-life, a well as lessons self-care and how to cope with loss, stress, and grief. Hospice providers adhere […]

LHC Group ‘Intensely Focused’ on Hospice Growth

The LHC Group (NASDAQ: LHCG) is fueling its hospice growth engine through the company’s hallmark joint venture strategy as well as new acquisitions, according to CFO Josh Proffitt, speaking at the William Blair 2019 Growth Stock Conference in Chicago. LHC Group has targeted an additional 130 markets for hospice expansion in areas where they already […]

Amedisys Steps Up Hospice De Novo Activity

Amedisys, Inc.,(NYSE: AMED) is intensifying its de novo activity through 2019 and beyond. The company expects to open seven to nine de novo operations nationwide during 2019, with the new locations heavily weighted towards hospice. At least five of this year’s de novos will be hospices, compared to three home health locations. “We had one […]

Humana CMO: Medicare Advantage Hospice Carve-In to Foster Seamless Care Transitions

A forthcoming hospice carve-in for Medicare Advantage plans will help provide seamless transitions to hospice from other care settings such as home health care or hospitals, according to Humana’s (NYSE: HUM) recently appointed Chief Medical Officer William Shrank, M.D. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin testing the hospice carve-in in […]

More than Half of Spouse Caregivers Have No Family Support

Nearly 55% of spouse caregivers for patients at the end-of-life have no additional family support, according to new research, a circumstance likely to spark increased demand for enhanced caregiver support services, non-medical services and home-based palliative care. Spouses provide the most caregiving for married people living in the home, including in dementia cases, according to […]

VITAS Expands Florida Operations to Treasure Coast Region

VITAS Healthcare, a hospice subsidiary of Chemed Corp. (NYSE: CHE), has received two certificates of need in Florida, signaling that the company is expanding its operations across a region known as the Treasure Coast. The Miami-based hospice provider will also build a new 16-bed freestanding inpatient facility in southwest Miami-Dade County. In addition to hospice […]

Study: Hospice, Palliative Care Workforce to Deplete During Next 25 Years

Staff shortages currently squeezing hospice and palliative care providers are likely to get worse before they get better. A forthcoming study to be published this week in Health Affairs found that the number of palliative care physicians will decline during the next 25 years even as demand rises, the study’s authors said. Contributing factors driving […]

Internal Assessment Helps Hospices Grow Footprint

For hospices looking to grow, a careful look at where they are now can help them choose the right pathway to expansion. Careful assessment of current financial and operational status, as well as the needs of their community, can inform the strategic planning necessary to build an organization’s scale. Growth opportunities presently abound in the […]