Florida Exempts Hospices from Opioid Alternative Law

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has signed into law legislation that exempts hospices from a requirement that providers offer alternatives to opioids for anesthesia and pain management. The new law, H.B. 743, removes hospices and critical care units from a list of types of health care providers to which the opioid substitution rule applies. The […]

Joshua Proffitt Named President of LHC Group

Chief financial officer Joshua Proffiitt has been promoted to president of the hospice and home health giant LHC Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: LHCG), with Robert Williams coming in as the new CFO. Williams was most recently vice president of financial operations for ChenMed, which provides primary care to seniors with complex chronic diseases. Proffitt joined LHC […]

Former CareMore CEO Sachin Jain to Lead SCAN Health Plan

Sachin Jain, M.D., will be taking the helm of SCAN Health Plan, a nonprofit Medicare Advantage plan, as the company’s president and CEO. Jain in April stepped down as CEO of Aspire Health and CareMore Health, both subsidiaries of Anthem (NYSE: ANTM). At SCAN, Jain will be leading a $2.4 billion organization that covers more […]

Empath Health Execs: Hospice Hasn’t Skipped a Beat During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit many hospices hard both financially and from an operational standpoint.  Many providers have wrangled with supply shortages, dwindling access to personal protective equipment, rising prices, reduced referrals and very limited access to their patients in nursing homes during the outbreak. Hospices also have had to redesign many of their processes […]

Hospice of Southern Maine, Granite State College Partner on Staff Education

Hospice of Southern Maine (HSM) recently partnered with Granite State College to offer its employees reduced tuition in pursuing higher education. While the coronavirus pandemic has been a large concern for hospice providers in 2020, staffing has also remained among the top challenges. With the industry facing widespread staffing shortages across all professional disciplines, hospices […]

Palliative Care Nursing Curriculum Could Impact Staff Shortages

A program designed to incorporate hospice and palliative care principles into undergraduate and graduate nursing education could help make a difference in ongoing staffing shortages in those fields. The roots of this curriculum were planted five years ago when a group of hospice and palliative experts convened in Oregon to find strategies for improving and […]

Hospice Pharmacy DeliverCareRx Expands to West Coast

Illinois-based home pharmacy services company DeliverCareRx has opened a new distribution facility in Livermore, Calif., to supply hospices with medications. The new location will serve the Bay Area as well as other communities in California and adjacent states. DeliverCareRx is a licensed pharmacy in all 50 states and primarily services hospice patients and those suffering […]

Populations Underserved by Hospice Hardest Hit by COVID

Demographic populations that historically have been underserved by hospice are also among the most severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the African American, Hispanic and Native American communities have been disproportionately represented in the numbers of COVID infections and associated mortality. U.S. counties with a predominantly African American population, for example, tend to […]

Hospice Providers Embrace Predictive Monitoring to Identify Prospective Patients

Hospice providers have increasingly adopted predictive analytic systems to identify patients in need of their services further upstream in their disease trajectory, as well as to demonstrate their value to payers and referral partners, including Medicare Advantage plans. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin allowing hospices to participate in Medicare […]

Intermountain to Provide Hospital-Level Care in the Home

Utah-based health system Intermountain Healthcare is now providing hospital-level services in patient homes. Intermountain is a provider of hospice, palliative care and home health care as well as an operator of 24 hospitals. Though development of this program has been underway for several years, the company accelerated its implementation timeline to help address the needs […]