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 […]

Health Care System Disruption Led to Hospice Admissions Drop During COVID-19 

Some hospice providers saw a drop in admissions as a result of disruptions in the larger health care space during the coronavirus pandemic, but expect to see numbers trend upwards as the system stabilizes. Hospice admissions throughout the nation have been impacted by the pandemic’s upheaval effects, particularly among hospitals that were strained to their […]

Hospices Step Up Grief Care to Support Providers in Other Settings

By the nature of their work, hospice providers confront mortality more frequently than clinicians in other settings. As more clinicians in other health care settings, such as hospitals and nursing homes, encounter more patient deaths than ever before due to the COVID-19 pandemic, hospices are bringing their expertise in bereavement to support health care workers […]

Hospice Providers Weigh-In on Diminishing Nursing Home Restrictions

Hospices have struggled to access patients in nursing homes since the initial stages of the novel coronavirus pandemic. As visiting restrictions start to lift with states reopening, many hospice providers remain cautiously optimistic about minimizing COVID-19 exposure risks for staff. Closing doors to visitors and clinicians was a crucial move for many nursing homes working […]

Hospice Providers Strained to Support Caregivers During Pandemic

While hospice providers have leveraged telehealth to support caregivers in the home from a distance during the COVID-19 pandemic, evolving safety measures and concerns about program sustainability have created obstacles. Remaining connected to families and caregivers has been an ongoing challenge as providers work to minimize risk of COVID-19 exposure to vulnerable hospice and palliative […]

Hospice Utilization in Assisted Living Exceeds Private Homes

Hospice utilization among Medicare beneficiaries is greater in assisted living facilities than many other settings, including private residences, according to new research published in Health Affairs.  Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City indicated that this was the first national study to examine the types of residences where […]

Palliative Care for Heart Failure Patients Reduces Readmissions

Palliative care can be valuable for heart failure patients and may lower the risk of hospital readmissions, according to a recent report from the American Heart Association (AHA). With circulatory/heart conditions among the most common diagnoses for hospice patients, providers could benefit from incorporating palliative care into their service lines. The AHA report stated that […]

St. Croix Hospice Opens Second Iowa De Novo in Two Months

St. Croix Hospice, a portfolio company of the Chicago-based private equity firm Vistria Group, has opened a de novo location in Iowa, continuing the company’s expansion across the Midwest. The new location will care for patients in nine Iowa counties. St. Croix serves a total of 79 counties in that state, with additional locations throughout […]