Hospice Drives Brookdale’s Health Care Segment Growth

Hospice business is the engine behind Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD) health care services segment revenues in the third quarter. The segment’s earnings rose 3% in Q3 despite a 1% dip in home health revenue due to high salesforce turnover and customer service issues.  The company has worked to expand its hospice operations this year, […]

Hospice M&A Market Goes Strong in Third Quarter

The hospice space saw at least 10 hospice merger & acquisition transactions during the third quarter, a slight dip from the second quarter in which 14 transactions took place. Despite this decline, the hospice M&A market continues to go strong. The hospice merger and acquisitions market has been thriving in recent years, with several top […]

80% of Informed Consumers Would Choose Palliative Care

Nearly 80% of consumers who received background information on palliative care said they would choose it for themselves or their loved ones, according to a recent survey by the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC). However, a lack of public awareness persists. CAPC’s survey is designed to track awareness, perceptions, attitudes and interest in palliative […]

Hospice of Santa Cruz Unveils Telemedicine Program

California-based Hospice of Santa Cruz County has received a $166,895 grant from the Central California Alliance for Health to finance development of a new telehealth program for their palliative care patients, as well as a cohort of hospice patients. The hospice provider serves nearly 3,500 patients annually in a range of communities from urban centers […]

Hospice Leaders Question Value of Medicare Advantage Hospice Carve-In

Leaders from hospice organizations raised concerns about the forthcoming demonstration of a Medicare Advantage carve-in for hospice. The hospice executives spoke at the National Home Care & Hospice Association’s (NAHC) Financial Management Conference in Chicago. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) earlier this year announced that it would test coverage of hospice […]

Regional CEO: Run Nonprofit Hospice Like a For-Profit

Since taking the helm of Danbury, Conn.-based Regional Hospice & Palliative Care in 2007, Cynthia Emiry Roy has taken the nonprofit hospice from a small business to an organization with more than $18 million in assets. Earlier this year she was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Western Connecticut University. Regional provided more than 45,000 […]

Interim HealthCare to Expand Dementia Program to the U.K.

Florida-based post-acute and hospice care franchisor Interim HealthCare, a subsidiary of Caring Brands International, is expanding its specialized dementia care program to the United Kingdom. Staff in the United Kingdom will begin training for the program later this month. All 325 of Interim’s franchisees in 44 states currently offer the program, which was launched in […]

Cornerstone Acquires Preceptor Health Care

Cornerstone Healthcare, Inc., the hospice and home health subsidiary of the Mission Viejo, Calif.-based health care firm The Ensign Group, Inc.(NASDAQ: ENSG), effective June 1 acquired the assets of Wisconsin-based hospice, home health, and therapy provider Preceptor Health Care. Financial terms were not disclosed. With this acquisition, Ensign operates 27 hospice agencies, in addition to […]

Valor’s New CEO: Focus on Compliance and Outcomes

Patients of Arizona-based Valor Health had an unexpected visitor in early March—CEO Dan Peterson, who recently had a chance to make rounds with his company’s interdisciplinary care team. “It was great to be so close to the clinical team and see the passion they bring to patient care,” Peterson told Hospice News. “I love working […]

Hospice Foundation Launches Nurse On-Boarding Program

The Hospice and Home Care Foundation of North Carolina (HHCF) has launched a pilot program to develop a comprehensive and systematic on-boarding system for recently graduated and newly hired registered nurses who are working in hospice or home health for the first time. Through the program, HHCF helps to reduce the impact of ongoing staff […]