Collaboration, Community Outreach Promote Hospice Growth

Collaboration with referral partners and community outreach have proven essential to hospice marketing efforts. As demand for hospice care grows, hospice providers in an increasingly competitive marketplace are working to bring a larger share of those patients under their wings. In addition to traditional methods such as territory management and improving call volume, many are […]

Hospice Physician B.J. Miller: ‘Life is Not a Fight Against Death’

Hospice and palliative care physician Bruce (B.J.) Miller has made it his mission to help people “live well in the face of death.” A hospice and palliative care physician at the University of California Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and former executive director of the Zen Hospice Project, Miller speaks nationally about end-of-life care, […]

C-TAC Launches Initiative to Improve Advanced Illness Care

The Washington-based Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) is leading a new initiative to measure the quality of advanced illness care state-by-state and develop strategies for improvement. The first phase of the project will soon begin in Arizona in a project financed by the David and Lura Lovell Foundation.  The Arizona program will use data […]

Covenant Care Opens New Inpatient Hospice Unit

Pensacola, Fla.-based hospice and home health provider Covenant Care, a nonprofit, has opened a new inpatient Center for Hospice Care at West Florida Hospital, also in Pensacola. The hospital contracts Covenant to provide hospice care to their patients suffering from terminal illness. The hospice moved its operations to the new 7,1000-square-foot space from a previous […]

Intermountain’s COPD Risk Scores Help Identify Patients Who Need Hospice

Clinicians at Salt Lake City-based health system Intermountain Healthcare have developed risk scores for patients suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) that can help health care providers identify which patients need hospice care versus curative treatments. While other risk stratification models to predict mortality exist, this is the first that allows for identification of […]

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 […]