CMS Expands Telehealth for Hospice, Other Providers During COVID-19 Outbreak

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is expanding the use of telehealth to help patients, families and clinicians practice social distancing during the ongoing pandemic. To date, CMS has not confirmed whether hospice physicians will be able to conduct certifications or recertifications using telehealth rather than the currently required face-to-face encounter. CMS […]

Cyft Learning Collaborative Aims to Help Hospices Navigate Value-Based Payment Models

Massachusetts-based health care data analytics firm Cyft Inc. has established a nationwide effort to help health care organizations, and hospices in particular, learn to better collect, analyze and leverage data to support patient care and improve negotiating power with payers as well as referral partners. The Serious Illness Performance Collaborative is designed to educate providers […]

HHS Issues Two Interoperability, Data Sharing Rules Applicable to Hospice

Two final rules released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are designed to improve information technology interoperability among health care providers, including hospices, as well as provide patients with greater access to their own health data. The two regulations will be administered by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health […]

Quality Forum, Vynca, Ochsner Partner to Build Advance Care Plan Registry

The Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum is partnering with California-based advance care planning technology firm Vynca and the Ochsner health system to implement a statewide registry for the bayou state’s Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (LaPost) forms and advance directives.  LaPOST documents contain advance directives, patient wishes and goals for end-of-life care and often […]

Hospices Leverage Machine Learning to Improve Care

Hospice providers are using new machine learning tools to identify patients in need of their services earlier in the course of their illnesses and to ensure that patients receive appropriate levels of home visits in their final days.   While hospice utilization is rising, lengths of stay for many patients remains too short for them to […]

Care Dimensions Achieves 1.38% Readmission Rate Via Telehealth

Massachusetts-based hospice provide Care Dimensions has reduced its average 30-day hospital readmissions rate to 1.38% during the course of one year for patients who are enrolled in the company’s telehealth program. Care Dimensions has worked in concert with technology company Health Recovery Solutions (HRS) to expand its program to a higher number of patients. The […]

Four Seasons Launches Hospice Telehealth Pharmacy Program

North Carolina-based hospice and palliative care provider Four Seasons has launched a pilot telehealth-based pharmacy program that will include a virtual pharmacist system for patients who live in rural areas of their home state. Four Seasons will be collaborating with pharmacy benefit manager Delta Care Rx on the project. Telehealth is becoming increasingly important for […]

Predictive Analytics Can Help Hospices Reach Patients Sooner

Predictive analytics systems are gaining ground in the hospice and palliative care fields as a means to identify patients in need of service earlier in the course of their illness. Providers and payers are increasingly using these systems to build their census and ensure that patients and families receive the right care at the right […]

Emmanuel Hospice Unveils Virtual Reality Program

Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Emmanuel Hospice has launched a virtual reality program to bring patients additional relief and to differentiate their hospice from its competitors. Using a combination of virtual reality headsets, a handheld device and smartphone applications, patients can use the system to explore accurately depicted locales such as Paris or Amsterdam, as well as […]

Hospices Leverage Social Media Marketing

To compete in the increasingly competitive digital marketplace, hospice providers must become more sophisticated in their use of social media, experts say. Using these tools effectively helps develop and promote your brand, identify and attract prospective patients, and recruit good staff.  Social media offers marketing opportunities that few businesses can afford to underestimate or ignore, […]