The Ensign Group Completes Pennant Group Spin-Off

The Ensign Group (NASDAQ: ENSG) has completed the spin-off of The Pennant Group Inc., (NASDAQ: ENSG), which separates Ensign’s home health and hospice segments from its skilled nursing, rehabilitation care services, senior living and other holdings. As part of the spin off, Ensign’s stockholders were given one share of Pennant common stock for every two […]

Brookdale Opens New Hospice in California

Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD) has expanded its hospice operations with a new location in Sacramento, Calif., the company’s third de novo of 2019. The Sacramento location is Brookdale’s third de novo this year, with previous agencies opening in Detroit and Portland, Ore. The company now operates 22 locations nationwide. Patients do not have to […]

Hospice Outreach to Minorities Could Save Medicare $270 Million

Addressing long-standing racial disparities in hospice care could save Medicare as much as $270 million annually, new research has found. Outreach to underserved communities can ensure more patients receive quality care at the end-of-life as well as open untapped markets to hospice providers. “We all know the quality of life benefits but seeing the economic […]

Access to Hospital Palliative Care Growing in United States

The availability of hospital-based palliative programs is growing nationwide, though some regions remain underserved according to new research by the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC). Patients in the northeastern United States who suffer from serious illness have significantly greater access to palliative care programs that individuals in other parts of the country. Currently 72% […]

Palliative Care Linked to Survival in Lung Cancer Patients

Lung cancer patients who receive palliative care interventions early in the course of their illness are more likely to survive than patients who do not, new research has found. Veteran’s Affairs (VA) Portland Health Care System and Oregon Health and Science University researchers examined data from more than 23,000  patients with advanced lung cancer who […]

Demographics Impact Patient Perceptions of Palliative Care

Misconceptions about the nature of palliative care continue to proliferate among the U.S. population, with patient demographics among the factors that influence those beliefs, new research has found. Hospice providers nationwide are increasingly diversifying their service lines to include palliative care, but lack of awareness and poor understanding among prospective patients are a major barrier […]

Florida Hospices Ensure Continuity of Care During Hurricane Season

Hospices in hurricane zones each year face the complex task of ensuring they can continue operations and support patients in their homes in the aftermath of a potentially catastrophic storm. Hospices in Florida recently contended with Category 5 Hurricane Dorian, while the region experienced minimal damage from that storm, providers were standing ready to see […]

Emergency Physicians Can Predict When a Patient Needs Hospice

Emergency department physicians are adept at predicting when a patient is likely to die and can facilitate patients’ access to hospice care earlier in the course of their illness, according to recent research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Network Open. However, improved communication and coordination between emergency department physicians and hospice medical […]

Walmart to Partner with Amedisys on Expanding Hospice Care

Walmart (NYSE: WMT) is partnering with Amedisys (NYSE: AMED) to expand hospice utilization nationwide through the retail giant’s new health care arm Walmart Health.  Walmart Health contracts local health care providers in certain markets to provide primary care, laboratory services, dental optical, diagnostic imaging and other services that will now include hospice and home health, […]

Physician: Palliative Care Growth Requires Philosophical Changes

To ensure growth of palliative care availability and utilization, the health care system must help improve patients’ understanding of what palliative care actually is. Key to achieving this is a change of perspective on how clinicians, patients and families perceive treatment of serious illness, according to Adil Akhtar, M.D., an oncologist for the physician practice […]