How Health Literacy, Education Influences Patients’ Hospice Experience

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! Providing education and fostering health literacy among the seriously ill, their families and surrogate decision makers is crucial to ensuring a positive patient experience in hospice care. This according to […]

New Executives Take the Helm at AccentCare, Blue Ridge, Androscoggin, Good Samaritan

AccentCare Appoints New EVP, CMO Dr. Balu Natarajan has become AccentCare’s new executive vice president and chief medical officer. Natarajan’s role expanded after previously serving as the post-acute company’s chief medical officer for hospice since 2005. In addition to oversee AccentCare’s hospice and palliative care programs, he will also support its clinical care operations and […]

Inside AccentCare’s New, Centralized Approach to Bereavement Care  

After five years of planning, the post-acute services provider AccentCare recently re-organized its bereavement care services, which are now coordinated from a national center. This centralization was designed to ensure consistency in its grief care operations and to ensure comparable quality across the company’s national footprint, Yelena Zatulovsky, vice-president of patient experience for AccentCare, said […]

AccentCare Appoints New CFO

Dallas-headquartered AccentCare has tapped Saurabh Gupta as its new chief financial officer. The post-acute health care company announced the leadership change Monday morning. Gupta previously served as CFO of Envision Medical Group, working in various finance and strategic planning roles at Steward Health Care, pharmaceutical and medical device companies Alcon and Novartis, American Airlines and […]

5 Things to Know About New AccentCare CEO Laura Tortorella

AccentCare recently tapped Steward Health Care COO Laura Tortorella as its new CEO. A look at her background reveals some of the reasons Tortorella may be well-suited for the role. The Dallas-based home health and hospice provider announced on Sept. 14 that Tortorella would succeed former CEO Stephan Rodgers as he steps down. AccentCare is […]

Palliative Care the Next Generation: How the Service May Grow and Evolve

Based on current trends, risk-based payment systems will likely shape the future of palliative care. The palliative care market is projected to swell during the next decade. However, no standardized definition exists for “palliative care.” Providers use a range of approaches to providing the service, from consults with advance care planning to short-term transitional care […]

AccentCare CEO Rodgers: Hospice, Health System JVs Build Ecosystem Around Patient

Forging partnerships with health systems and physician groups has become a cornerstone of AccentCare’s growth strategy as it seeks to expand the breadth of its post-acute care services. Collaborations and joint ventures are becoming more common in the hospice space as providers try to reach patients further upstream, diversify services and mitigate staffing shortages by […]

How AccentCare Used Telehealth to Reduce Hospitalization

AccentCare has leveraged telehealth services as a means of reducing the length of hospital stays for patients who are receiving fragmented care. Virtual care became a necessity after the pandemic struck, and most hospice providers were quick to invest in and build out their telehealth programs. What began as a stopgap measure soon became an […]

Comfort Care Deal Boosts Aveanna Amid Persistent Labor Pressures

Aveanna Healthcare (NASDAQ: AVAH) is seeing strong returns from its hospice and home health acquisitions while continuing to battle labor headwinds. Industry-wide, workforce pressures from staff shortages and rising wages have not relented. While clinical staff were dwindling prior to the pandemic, the pace accelerated when COVID-19 struck. The surges that occurred late last year […]

Aveanna Doubles Down on Recruitment, Pursues Hospice Growth

Aveanna Healthcare Holdings (NASDAQ: AVAH) has streamlined its hiring and on-boarding process to more quickly replenish its workforce in a tight labor market. The industry-wide staffing shortage may be the company’s most significant headwind as it expands its hospice and home health care footprint.  The Atlanta-based  hospice, home health, private duty and pediatric services provider […]