Top Hospice Trends to Watch in 2021

The year 2020 brought unprecedented disruption to the hospice space, mostly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The outbreak strained providers ability to provide care, access patients in homes and facilities and to maintain a healthy bottom line in light of lost revenues and rising costs.  Despite these challenges and economic headwinds, hospices adapted, improvised and […]

United States Ranks Low in Palliative Care Duration

The average length that patients receive palliative care in the United States is lower than in other countries, a recent study reported. Much of the nation remains underserved despite rising demand, with limited payment opportunities restricting growth. A review of palliative services delivered worldwide indicated a wide variation in length of care received by people […]

Medicare Advantage Hospice Carve-In Starting Small in 2021 

The demonstration project to test inclusion of hospice in the value-based insurance design model — often called the Medicare Advantage hospice carve-in — will be a small program in its first year. The 53 participating Medicare Advantage plans cover 8% the market and a limited geographic footprint, according to data from the U.S. Centers for […]

53 Medicare Advantage Plans to Offer Hospice in 2021, Palliative Care to Grow

Among Medicare Advantage plans, 53 will be covering hospice and palliative care in 2021 through the value-based insurance design (VBID) model, according to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Medicare Advantage is seeing record-high levels of participation for 2021 among beneficiaries, reaching about 42% for 2021, CMS reported. Starting in 2021, payers […]

Hospices Must Demonstrate Value to Medicare Advantage Plans

Hospices have increasingly sought ways to demonstrate their value proposition to payers in anticipation of the approaching value-based insurance design model demonstration project, coming in 2021. Establishing relationships with participating payers, broadening the scope of care and services, and tracking patient care data will be essential next steps for hospices planning to participate in the […]

The Time is Right for a Community-Based Palliative Care Benefit

Stakeholders in the hospice space and beyond have recognized the need for community-based palliative care, delivered in the home, and the time has come for the federal government to do the same. Efforts have been underway among health care providers, state governments, advocacy groups and payers, among others, to make community based palliative care more […]

Palliative Care Increasingly Important to Health Plans as a Supplemental Benefit

A rising number of Medicare Advantage health plans are offering home- and community-based palliative care as a supplemental benefit, a trend that could spell further growth for hospices offering those services as well as improving access for patients.  According to an analysis by ATI Advisory, 61 health plans nationwide are offering in-home palliative care as […]