10 ‘Hidden Gem’ Hospice News Stories from 2022

Huge acquisitions, the labor shortage and regulation dominated the news this year, but other important trends emerged that warrant attention. Below are 10 of this year’s “hidden gem” stories that didn’t quite make our top 10 most read. These cover the innovative partnerships, new technologies, pediatric care, health equity and other key developments in the […]

Hospices Need a ‘Huge Catapult’ to Replenish Workforce

If enacted, the recently reintroduced Palliative Care and Hospice Education Training Act (PCHETA) could make a dent in the recruitment barriers that hospices keep hitting. But clinical education will need a much larger boost to ensure a sustainable workforce, according to many providers.  The training issue is a serious impediment to hospice recruitment, as very […]

Seeking the Formula for Sustainable Palliative Care

The United States lacks a robust reimbursement system for palliative care. While stakeholders work toward change, providers are developing innovative ways to work with what they have to bring this care to patients in need. Historically, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has reimbursed palliative care through a fee-for-service model that only […]

Paradigm Founder Retires; Crossroads Names New VP of Business Development

Paradigm Health CEO and founder retires After nearly a decade at the helm of Paradigm Living Concepts LLC (Paradigm Health), President and CEO Jeff Jarecki is stepping into retirement. Michelle Pickering will take the reins of the Indiana-based hospice and palliative care provider. Jarecki founded Indiana-based Paradigm Health in 2013. The company cares for more […]

Former Anthem VP Named President of Aspire, CareMore

Catherine Campbell, principal of the health care consulting firm CBC Advisors, has been tapped to become president of CareMore and Aspire. Between 2010 and 2012 Campbell was vice president of strategy, planning and business development for the insurance giant Anthem, Inc. (NYSE: ANTM), which is the parent company for Aspire and CareMore. At CBC Advisers […]

Former CareMore, Aspire CEO Marzouk: Hospices Need to Adapt to Ensure Telehealth Meets Patient Needs

Care has been moving deeper into the home even prior to the coronavirus pandemic, but COVID-19 has accelerated that trend with the added boon of virtual services to supplement in-person services. As virtual care booms, providers are navigating uncertain financial waters as they seek to innovate and differentiate themselves from competitors. Public anxiety about entering […]

Hospices Can Expect More Value-Based Payment, Despite SIP, Direct Contracting Delays

As the Biden administration reviews value-based programs put forth during the Trump years, hospice and palliative care providers have had to recalibrate as the new payment models they were expecting hang in limbo, including the direct contracting program and the Primary Care First Serious Illness Population (SIP) model.  Regarding the SIP model, providers have little […]

Rising Demand Driving Private Equity Interest in Palliative Care

Palliative care has seen an influx of private equity and venture capital investment in recent years, with growing demand for serious illness care a driving factor. Along with a fragmented marketplace, these factors signify a strong business case to support continued palliative care, according to Fred Bentley, managing director of health care consulting company Avalere […]

Former Anthem COO Brad Smith Tapped to Lead CMMI

Brad Smith, most recently chief operating officer of Anthem’s Diversified Business Group, will become the new director for the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). Smith is the co-founder and former CEO of community-based palliative care provider Aspire Health, a potential signal that palliative care could become a CMMI priority.  CMMI is the component […]