Hospice Providers Embrace Predictive Monitoring to Identify Prospective Patients

Hospice providers have increasingly adopted predictive analytic systems to identify patients in need of their services further upstream in their disease trajectory, as well as to demonstrate their value to payers and referral partners, including Medicare Advantage plans. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin allowing hospices to participate in Medicare […]

Hospices Adopt New Strategies to Support End-of-Life Decisions

National Health Care Decisions Day takes on a new significance this year as COVID-19 sweeps critical illness and death across the country. With demand for hospice and palliative care services on the rise amid the pandemic, providers are adopting new strategies to highlight the benefits of advance care planning for patients and families. Recently updated […]

Hospices Seek to Define Essential Services During Pandemic

Hospice leaders are adapting to limitations while supporting staff and volunteers as they face roadblocks to providing essential patient services. More than 40 states nationwide have issued stay-at-home orders prohibiting nonessential travel and closing businesses to minimize the exposure and spread of COVID-19. While hospice services are a vital part of the health care continuum, […]

Hospices Strategize to Assure Patients that Care Is Safe During Pandemic 

Growing patient and family concerns about safety are among the many challenges the end-of-life care community is facing during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. As hospice providers meet patient care needs during the outbreak, an added challenge is alleviating patient concerns about staff coming into the home. As the novel virus continues to spread, so do […]

Hospice Care of South Carolina Purchases Agape Hospice

Hospice Care of South Carolina (HCSC) has completed the acquisition of Spartansburg, S.C.-based Agape Hospice for an undisclosed sum. HCHC is a portfolio company of The Vistria Group, a private investment firm located in Chicago.  The combined company’s more than 800 employees care for a patient population that exceeds 1,400 people throughout 46 South Carolina counties. […]

Demographic Disparities Impact Patients, Limit Hospice Scale

Addressing demographic disparities in hospice utilization can ensure more patients receive quality care at the end-of-life as well as open untapped markets to hospice providers. Nearly 87% of Medicare decedents in 2016 were caucasian, according to the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). Comparatively, slightly more than 8% were African-American; 2.1% were Hispanic, and […]

South Carolina Hospice to Sell Inpatient Unit

Hospice of Rutherford County, Inc., doing business as Hospice of the Carolina Foothills (HOCF), has signed a letter of intent to sell its inpatient unit to Agape Hospice. The organizations will not release financial terms until completion of the due diligence period. Under the letter of intent Agape Hospice has agreed to continue operation of […]