Unique Aspects of Palliative Care Recruitment

Palliative care clinical recruitment involves some unique elements compared to other health care settings. Among the challenges is a general lack of awareness of palliative care and its distinctions from hospice among the public, clinicians in other settings and payers. Without widespread change, demand for palliative care in the United States is projected to outstrip […]

Hawaii to Cover Palliative Care Via Medicaid

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved a State Plan Amendment (SPA) for Hawaii that will pave the way for palliative care coverage through Medicaid. While several other states have Medicaid programs that cover palliative care, Hawaii is the first to request SPA approval, part of Medicaid’s process for adding new […]

Palliative Telehealth’s Quality of Life Improvement Equivalent to In-Person Care 

Telehealth can be just as effective as in-person visits when it comes to palliative care. Researchers found that early palliative care via telehealth often improves quality of life for patients with advanced non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) at a level equivalent to in-person care, according to a study presented at the 2024 American Society of […]

Palliative Providers Navigate Potential ‘Disastrous’ Impacts Amid Telehealth Uncertainties

Telehealth’s value proposition is building in the palliative care realm as regulators mull policies around future utilization, leaving providers to navigate uncertain and potentially difficult challenges among patients. Telehealth has been among the drivers of greater access to palliative care and improved quality among seriously ill patient populations, according to Dr. Michael Fratkin a palliative […]

Research Points to Palliative Care’s Underutilization Among Cancer Patients

Though access to palliative care (PC) has generally expanded in recent years, utilization of these services remains low among patients with various types of advanced cancers. Researchers from the American Cancer Society recently studied palliative care utilization trends among cancer patients with an aim to examine the impacts of earlier integration of these services. Researchers […]

CMS Updates Enhancing Oncology Model for 2025

The U.S Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a second cohort for its Enhancing Oncology Model payment demonstration, as well as some updates to the program. The goals of the Enhancing Oncology Model (EOM), which went live on July 1, are to improve quality and reduce the cost of cancer care with […]

How Palliative Care Is Changing in Today’s Health Care Environment

As the palliative care field continues to grow and transform, understanding the current trends, outlook, relevant challenges and necessary skills for future leaders is critical. Two significant trends impacting the field of palliative care currently, according to experts, are the expansion of services and the integration of technology, particularly artificial intelligence (AI). Dr. Vicki Jackson, […]

Stoneridge Hospice Opens New Palliative Care Location

Stoneridge Hospice has opened a new palliative care branch in Scottsdale, Arizona. Staff at the de novo will provide pain and symptom management, emotional and spiritual support, coordination of care and assistance with advanced care planning. “Our decision to establish a palliative care branch in Scottsdale aligns with our mission to provide comfort, dignity and […]

Tuesday Health Expanding Supportive Care After $60M Capital Infusion

The value-based care company Tuesday Health is launching a new supportive care solution fueled by a recent $60 million funding round. A range of investors participated in the round, including Valtruis, Blue Venture Fund, Mass General Brigham Ventures and the Medicare Advantage organization CareSource. The startup Tuesday Health launched in 2023, emerging from a partnership between […]

How Value-Based Models Can Aid Palliative Care Team Recruitment

A transition from fee-for-service to value-based payment models could help palliative care providers boost recruitment and retention. Providers walk a tightrope when it comes to ensuring that their palliative care services are financially sustainable, including the ability to attract and compensate staff at competitive rates. In today’s predominant reimbursement structure, palliative care programs are often […]