Bilingual Patient Navigation Can Improve Palliative Care Outcomes for Hispanic Patients

Want to read more palliative care-focused content like this? Subscribe to Palliative Care News today! Bicultural and bilingual palliative patient navigator interventions may be a key to improving access to goal concordant care among Hispanic populations with serious illness, according to recent research. Researchers in a recent clinical trial sought to address whether integration of bilingual […]

Community Hospice & Palliative Care Pediatric Program Doubles Nursing Workforce as Census Grows

Want to read more palliative care-focused content like this? Subscribe to Palliative Care News today! Despite obstacles to expanding pediatric hospice care, Community Hospice & Palliative Care, has seen its program’s census and workforce grow. The Florida-based provider is an affiliate of Alivia Care Inc. Its pediatric program, dubbed Community PedsCare, has been more than 20 […]

Growing Palliative Care a Key Priority for Amedisys in 2024

Want to read more palliative care-focused content like this? Subscribe to Palliative Care News today! Amedisys (NASDAQ: AMED) is pushing forward on palliative care growth in 2024 through its innovation arm, Contessa. The company acquired Contessa in 2021 for $250 million. Contessa’s specialties are high-acuity care in the home, including hospital-at-home and skilled nursing facility-at-home programs. […]

HopeHealth’s Dr. Leah McDonald Sees ‘System-Wide Embedding’ of Palliative Skills

A systematic overhaul of the nation’s health care education programs is needed to ensure that future clinicians are prepared to provide palliative and hospice care amid rising demand, according to Dr. Leah McDonald of HopeHealth. McDonald is a hospice and palliative care physician at HopeHealth. The nonprofit health system offers home health, hospice and palliative […]

How Palliative Care Could Help Break the SNF-to-Hospital Cycle

Want to read more palliative care-focused content like this? Subscribe to Palliative Care News today! A dearth of coordination or integration between rehab teams and palliative care teams routinely forces some patients into a cycle between the hospital and the nursing home in their last year of life. These results appeared in a 2019 New England […]

How Palliative Care Can Benefit Heart Failure Patients

Health care providers can improve quality of life and reduce symptom burden for heart failure patients by integrating palliative principles and referring to specialists as needed. Heart failure is an increasingly common condition among the aging U.S. population. These patients often experience severe symptoms that can include shortness of breath, coughing, nausea, fatigue, pain and […]

The Nexus Between Palliative Care and PACE Programs

Palliative care is becoming an increasingly prevalent component of Programs for All-Inclusive Care of the Elderly (PACE) programs. PACE programs offer a comprehensive approach to care for participants who meet certain eligibility criteria, mainly to seniors who have significant medical and non-medical needs to help them age in place and avoid the hospital or nursing […]

Virtual Reality Palliative Care Improves Pain, Symptom Management Among Cancer Patients

Researchers in China have found that virtual reality palliative therapy can help improve the physical and emotional state of terminally ill cancer patients.  About 128 cancer patients volunteered to participate in a clinical trial study between November 2022 and September 2023 that examined the impacts of virtual reality therapy. Patients that participated were individuals receiving […]

Gentiva Engineers Unique Palliative Care Payment System Via AIM Program

Gentiva Health Services has committed to expanding its recently established Advanced Illness Management (AIM) palliative care model in 2024, including its unique approach to reimbursement. The company has its roots in the former Kindred at Home. Once among the nation’s largest home health and hospice providers, Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) acquired the company in 2021. […]

Rutgers, Samaritan Forge Critical Partnership in Palliative Care Education

In a significant step toward enhancing palliative care education and services in their markets, Rutgers University-Camden and Samaritan have officially inked a memorandum of understanding on a new partnership. The partnership is reflective of similar palliative care-awareness efforts happening across the U.S. The Rutgers-Samaritan collaboration, in particular, is focused on bolstering clinical rotations and hands-on […]