Navigating the Post-COVID Hospice Telehealth Landscape

As stakeholders in the hospice space call on the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to permanently extend temporary telehealth flexibilities following the COVID-19 national emergency, hospice providers are increasingly looking ahead to potential long-term impacts. Hospice organizations have much to consider as the future of telehealth post-COVID drives rising demand for virtual […]

Social Distancing Shifts Hospices Toward Digital Marketing

Hospices are using virtual communication to support the health of their businesses as well as the health of their patients during the ongoing pandemic. In a time of social distancing and sheltering-in-place, providers have had to up their games when it comes to digital marketing.  Traditional hospice marketing has largely relied on methods such as […]

Hospices Use Heat Map Technology to Track COVID-19, Allocate PPE

Allocating protective personal equipment (PPE) to staff has been an ongoing difficulty for hospice providers as they contend with dwindling supplies and increased costs as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Emerging technologies such as heat mapping are showing promise in helping hospices to identify geographic areas hardest hit by the novel coronavirus and in the greatest […]

Hospices Leverage Telehealth for Interdisciplinary Care

Telehealth use continues to expand in hospice care as providers find new ways to connect with patients and families from a distance during the coronavirus pandemic. The first priority for hospices was adapting telehealth to address patients’ medical needs, but they have moved on to broaden the scope to include a variety of interdisciplinary services. […]

The Changing Scope of Telehealth for Hospice Care

Technology has played a vital role in sustaining hospice care during the ongoing national state of emergency. Federal agencies have increasingly allowed for temporarily expanded telehealth use, and hospice providers are anticipating a new normal for delivering patient care as the pandemic begins to peak in some areas across the country. With the U.S. Centers […]

TRU Community Care Leverages Emerging Technologies Amid Pandemic

TRU Community Care is among several hospice providers across the country to employ new machine learning tools to deliver home-based care, overcoming challenges such as cost, implementation and patient reception. Though integrating additional technologies has become a new priority for hospices during the COVID-19 pandemic, many hospice providers were already leveraging technologies such as data analytics, […]

Importance of Tech Interoperability Rising for Hospices

As hospice and palliative care providers turn more towards telehealth and remote patient monitoring during the COVID-19 pandemic, a rising number are directing their attention towards the question of interoperability: How can the multiple electronics systems communicate with each other and interface with the providers electronic medical records system? A step beyond linking their own […]

Hospices to Leverage Data Analytics in Value-Based Payment Models

Data management and analysis will become increasingly important as hospices move gradually closer to working in value-based payment environments. While current Medicare Hospice Benefit isn’t going away anytime soon, it stands to reason that at least a portion of hospice business will include a wider range of payment models, particularly with the advent of Primary […]

Hospices Can Use Telehealth Across All Professional Disciplines

While some hospice care definitely requires in-person visits, providers are able to involve telehealth in the full scope of interdisciplinary services during the novel coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) indicated in a conference call. The agency clarified that social workers, chaplains, nurses, physicians and members of other disciplines involved in […]

Hospices Tackle Telehealth Challenges During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has hindered some of the hands-on patient care that hospices deliver. While some hospices were well-positioned to integrate and increase technology utilization into a wider scope of services, others have hit obstacles. When the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced temporary waivers on requirements last month, expanding the allowable […]