BrightSpring Acquires Nonprofit Haven Hospice

BrightSpring Health Services (NASDAQ: BTSG) has penned a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Haven Hospice in a $60 million deal. The transaction includes the purchase  of two brands, North Central Florida Hospice Inc. and Haven Medical Group LLC. The nonprofit holds hospice certificates of need (CON) for hospice care in 18 Florida counties.  […]

Palliative Care Increasingly Important in Value-Based Landscape

As value-based reimbursement expands, palliative care will become increasingly important when it comes to improving outcomes and reducing costs. Primarily, Medicare reimburses for palliative care through fee-for-service payment programs that cover physician and licensed independent practitioner services. However, this model is not designed to fully support an interdisciplinary approach involving physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains […]

Community Hospice & Palliative Care Setting Sights on Florida, Georgia Expansion

Florida-based Community Hospice & Palliative Care recently opened a new location in its home state that will serve as an office for interdisciplinary staff and a community center. The new center is a key part of the hospice and palliative care provider’s overall strategic growth plans to improve access among underserved populations, according to Community […]

How Changing Reproductive Health Laws Could Impact Perinatal Hospice

Evolutions in reproductive health laws may have reverberating impacts on the demand and delivery of perinatal hospice care. Perinatal hospice care is provided to families choosing to continue a pregnancy following a life-limiting prenatal diagnosis indicating a high risk of mortality before or shortly after birth. This care includes emotional, spiritual and medical support to […]

How CON Laws Influence Hospice Quality, Program Integrity

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! Variations in hospice certificate of need (CON) state laws are raising program integrity concerns. However, this coin has two sides. CONs have a big role to play when it comes […]

Community Hospice & Palliative Care Pediatric Program Doubles Nursing Workforce as Census Grows

Want to read more palliative care-focused content like this? Subscribe to Palliative Care News today! Despite obstacles to expanding pediatric hospice care, Community Hospice & Palliative Care, has seen its program’s census and workforce grow. The Florida-based provider is an affiliate of Alivia Care Inc. Its pediatric program, dubbed Community PedsCare, has been more than 20 […]

Regulatory, Financial Hurdles to Engaging Hospice Patients Upstream

Moving hospice further upstream can have beneficial impacts for patients experiencing a range of acute, serious, chronic or terminal illnesses. But reaching patients sooner in their illness trajectories can also come with financial and regulatory risks. One of the largest barriers to building out a broader continuum of services are the regulatory and financial risks […]

Palliative Care Providers Can Enhance Care Coordination

Fragmented health care has significant ties to adverse outcomes in patients with chronic or serious illnesses. Palliative care providers’ ability to navigate the health care system, coordinate the delivery of care, interact regularly with patients and facilitate communication between providers can reduce this fragmentation. This type of coordination can improve outcomes, decrease costs and offer […]

Key to the Continuum: Hospice Providers Eye Primary Care Businesses

As hospice providers build out a larger continuum of health care services, some are taking a close look at the primary care space. The term “upstream” has become a watchword in hospice. Operators are increasingly realizing the benefits of creating longitudinal relationships with patients that begin well before a six-month terminal prognosis. Consequently, many have […]

How Hospices Can Effectively Rebrand

A rising number of hospices have undergone name changes in recent years, prompting many to consider the elements of an effective rebranding strategy. As hospices nationwide develop new services to engage patients further upstream, some are rebranding to reflect their expanded scope and to avoid the word “hospice” in their company names, hoping to ameliorate […]