Hospices Call on Congress to Support Rural Hospices, Patients

Hospice providers, industry groups and other stakeholders recently penned a letter urging Congress to improve payment infrastructures that would increase access to end-of-life care among rural populations. The letter highlighted the unique challenges that rural and frontier hospice and palliative care providers face, and how strengthened financial support could lead to sustainable access and better […]

HSPN ELEVATE: Hospice Clinical Innovation Trends

This article is sponsored by Axxess. This article is based on a Hospice News discussion with Faith Protsman, regional medical director at VITAS Healthcare, Raianne Melton, senior clinical manager of professional service at Axxess, and Cheryl Hamilton Fried, president & CEO at Blue Ridge Hospice. This discussion took place on September 7, 2023 during the […]

2 Innovative Drivers ‘Reimagining’ Hospice Care

Technology and service diversification are two levers driving innovation in an evolving hospice landscape. Virtual care delivery processes are playing a key role in hospices’ ability to support both patients and staff as end-of-life care expands further upstream. The aging population has a variety of unmet medical and nonmedical needs in which hospices are well-suited […]

How Emerging Hospice Regulations Could Impact Providers

Increased hospice oversight aimed at curbing fraud in the industry could come with a mixed bag of financial and operational impacts for providers. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has honed in on hospice program integrity, rolling out a swath of new measures to reduce fraud, waste and abuse in the space. […]

Where Hospice Compliance Meets Revenue Cycle Management

As regulatory agencies crack down on hospice spending, providers can benefit from recognizing the links between revenue cycle management and compliance. Regulatory activity is increasing on multiple fronts. For example, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has launched a nationwide audit of general inpatient hospice services […]

CMS Pilot to Conduct Medical Reviews of Hospice Stays Longer than 90 Days

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is conducting a small pilot program for post-payment reviews of hospice stays that exceed 90 days. The agency has contracted with Noridian Healthcare Solutions, LLC as its Supplemental Medical Review Contractor (SMRC). Noridian will perform the reviews and submit findings to CMS. “CMS internal data has […]

Hospice Palliative Care: Palliative Care in CMMI Programs

This article is sponsored by Axxess. This article is based on a discussion with Fred Bentley, Managing Director for Medicare Innovation and ATI Advisory, Allison Silvers, Chief of Healthcare Transformation at the Center to Advance Palliative Care and Ryan Klaustermeier, Vice President of Professional Services at Axxess. The conversation took place on April 20, 2023 […]

Incorporating Palliative Care in Hospice: The Tech Perspective

As the hospice landscape shifts and hospice care is delivered more widely, another care type has made entry into the conversation: palliative care. However, unlike hospice services, which have a distinct payment model supported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), palliative care has less established infrastructure for delivery. It is no less […]

3 Signs it’s time to adopt a hospice care tech solution

Hospice care has historically been grounded in person-to-person communication without a heavy reliance on technology. However, drastically increased hospice utilization and the pandemic-driven adoption of technology across health care settings have transformed the landscape entirely. In order to stay competitive in a rapidly changing, tech-forward hospice environment, many providers are seeking technology that understands the […]

Understanding Policymakers’ Frame of Reference Crucial to Hospice, Palliative Care Advocacy

Axxess founder and CEO John Olajide discovered a passion for both business and technology at an early age, and in time, saw opportunities to leverage those interests to help modernize health care. Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Olajide’s first job involved handling money for his family’s wholesale and retail distribution business. Consequently, matters of management and […]