Stakeholder Support Grows for Hospice Patient Transfusions Legislation

ofessionals. You can subscribe to Palliative Care News here: Subscribe today! Stakeholders are closely eying the legislative journey of a bill designed to improve access to blood transfusion services among hospice patients. If enacted, it could affect hospices’ ability to measure quality. Providing terminally ill patients with greater blood transfusion access could result in improved outcomes […]

Justice Department Launches UnitedHealth Group Antitrust Investigation

In case you missed it, Hospice News has launched a new specialty publication for palliative care professionals. You can subscribe to Palliative Care News here: Subscribe today! The U.S. Justice Department is investigating UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) due to antitrust concerns. During the past two years, the insurance giant has completed a slew of acquisitions […]

Proposed Legislation Would Create Tax Credits for Family Caregivers

In case you missed it, Hospice News has launched a new specialty publication for palliative care professionals. You can subscribe to Palliative Care News here: Subscribe today! A bill to strengthen support for family caregivers is working its way through Congress. If enacted, it would create tax credits to help offset the financial burdens of […]

The Risk of Criminal Charges in Hospice Fraud Cases

Hospice personnel could face criminal charges in instances of suspected fraud, waste and abuse. The regulatory stakes are high for hospice providers when it comes to False Claims Act (FCA) violations, according to Jonathan Porter, partner at the law firm Husch Blackwell. Though the vast majority of FCA cases do not result in criminal charges, […]

Medicare Advantage Transparency Efforts Could Impact Hospices

In case you missed it, Hospice News has launched a new specialty publication for palliative care professionals. You can subscribe to Palliative Care News here: Subscribe today! Recent efforts to increase transparency within Medicare Advantage may impact hospice reimbursement. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a Request for Information (RFI) on ways […]

Blue Sky Hospice Medical Director Convicted of $2.8M Hospice Fraud

A federal jury has convicted Dr. John Thropay, a hospice medical director, on charges of health care fraud in a $2.8 million scheme. Thropay was the medical director of several hospice companies, including Blue Sky Hospice, based in Van Nuys, California. He was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and […]

California Hospice Network: State Falls Short in Curbing Potential Malfeasance

The continued licensing of new hospices in California despite a moratorium is “deeply disturbing and frustrating,” the California Hospice Network (CHN) indicated in a statement. The practice is undermining efforts to combat hospice fraud, which has been rampant in California according to media and state government investigations. In 2021, the state enacted two hospice reform […]

[UPDATED] New Hospices Cropping Up in Fraud Hotbeds Amid Ongoing Program Integrity Push

A new report is casting doubt on the heightened regulatory efforts seeking to curb fraud, waste and abuse from hospice agencies in select states. The questionable success of those oversight efforts is best reflected in the fraud hotbed of California, which continues to see a swarm of new hospices emerging and receiving federal funding, despite […]

HHS: Hospice, Post-Acute Providers Lag on EMR Interoperability

Hospices and other post-acute health care providers lag behind hospitals and ambulatory settings when it comes to electronic health record (EMR) interoperability. More than 85% of ambulatory practices and 95% of hospitals have adopted and use some form of EMR to document patient care and share data to varying degrees, according to a new report […]

Hospice Providers: CON Laws Need Overhaul in Some States

Some hospice providers have hit roadblocks when it comes to navigating needs determination methodologies certificate of need (CON) laws in certain states, citing outdated processes for assessing underserved populations. Determining an unmet need for hospice can be a challenging feat that includes many variables beyond the scope of some current CON policies in place, according […]