YoloCares to Double Geographic Footprint

California-based YoloCares is doubling its geographic presence in its home state. The hospice provider recently took its first step into a new county, with plans to expand across four others. YoloCares provides hospice, palliative and supportive care in five counties across northern California, recently adding a sixth county to its service region. The hospice provider […]

California Leads the State-Level Battle Against Hospice Fraud

As hospice program integrity remains in the spotlight, California remains the only state to take action on curbing the problem. Beginning in 2021, numerous reports emerged of unethical or illegal practices among hundreds of newly licensed hospices, particularly among new companies popping up in California, Texas, Nevada and Arizona. California’s Department of Justice (CDOJ) in […]

California Hospice Network: State Falls Short in Curbing Potential Malfeasance

The continued licensing of new hospices in California despite a moratorium is “deeply disturbing and frustrating,” the California Hospice Network (CHN) indicated in a statement. The practice is undermining efforts to combat hospice fraud, which has been rampant in California according to media and state government investigations. In 2021, the state enacted two hospice reform […]

Hospice of the Foothills Joins California Hospice Network

Hospice of the Foothills of Nevada County has joined the California Hospice Network, a regional collaborative of nonprofit providers. Though each California Hospice Network member remains a distinct, independent organization, the partnership enables the hospices to collaborate on best practices and improve efficiency through cost sharing and shared services. Hospice of the Foothills launched in […]

Sangre de Cristo Taps New CEO, YoloCares Names Palliative Care Director

New CEO Takes Reigns at Sangre de Cristo Community Care Colorado-based Sangre de Cristo Community Care named Melinda Egging as its new CEO. Egging will oversee operations of the hospice, home health and palliative care organization. This marks her return to the organization. She served as director of compliance for Sangre de Cristo Hospice & […]

Hospices See New Opportunities in Adult Day Market

More hospice providers are diversifying their business lines to include adult day services. Some hospices see these programs as an extension of their mission to support aging and chronically ill patients and their caregivers. Adult day service centers are designed to care for individuals who require assistance during the day in the absence of caregivers […]

Lax Regulation in California Led to Widespread Hospice Fraud

Poor, uncoordinated hospice oversight by government agencies in California has contributed to widespread fraud and other violations, according to a report from the state’s Department of Justice (CDOJ). The report follows an audit of California’s agencies that oversee hospice providers, including the licensure process. The state’s legislature last October approved two bills requiring this audit […]

The Devil in Details of Hospice Strategic Collaboratives

Nonprofit hospices are increasingly banding together in varying types of collaboratives to create workforce, operational and cost-effective synergies. As this trend picks up steam, hospices will need to fine-tune the details of these affiliations and choose partners carefully. Collaborations allow hospices to share best practices, quality initiatives, staff education and volunteer resources, as well as […]

California Providers: Hospice License Moratorium Could Boost Nonprofits

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) earlier this month signed two hospice reform laws designed to strengthen hospice oversight. While some stakeholders applauded these steps as a way of thinning the crowded California market, they could lead to frustration for providers seeking to grow their presence in the state.  The bills — Senate Bill 664 and […]