COVID-19 Stimulus Passes with Support for Rural Hospices, but No Additional PRF

The American Rescue Plan of 2021 has cleared its last congressional hurdle before going to President Biden for signature. The $1.9 trillion stimulus package contains $8.5 billion in aid targeted at rural providers, including hospices. However, the bill did not increase the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) or extend the moratorium on payment sequestration.  The U.S […]

Hospice, Senior Care Organizations Alert Biden to Policy Priorities

Access to vaccines and additional provider relief are top policy priorities for hospice and palliative care organizations as the Biden Administration takes shape. As Congress and the White House mull over a new $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package, serious illness care providers and industry groups are advocating for sorely needed assistance. The House recently approved […]

Hospices Narrow Demographic Divides in Advance Care Planning

While aging populations of color represent a growing base of patients with serious illness and end-of-life care needs, these groups are among the most underserved and underrepresented in the U. S. health care system. As research reflects a deepened racial divide in access to care and services, much is at stake for hospice care providers […]

Patients See Demographic Barriers to Advance Care Planning

Racial, ethnic and sociodemographic divides are the leading barriers impacting advance care planning utilizations in the United States. Hospice providers working to expand access will need to take a closer look at the unique forces driving disparities, particularly among people of color. Studies have shown that advance care planning can reduce hospitalizations and health care […]

Biden to Nominate Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to Lead CMS

President Joe Biden will nominate Chiquita Brooks-LaSure for administrator of the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Washington Post has reported. Thus far, neither CMS or the White House has made a public statement on the nomination. The nomination is subject to Senate approval. If confirmed, Brooks-LaSure will lead the agency at […]

Risk vs. Performance in Value-Based Hospice Care

Value-based payment programs are opening up to hospices in 2021, including a mix of risk- and performance-based models. These new payment systems come at a time when hospices face stiff competition from other care providers entering the market. The Primary Care First initiative and the Seriously Ill Population payment programs are expected to have reaching […]

Episode #5: Brad Stuart of the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC)

Risk vs. Performance in Value-Based Hospice Care In 2021, hospices will have the opportunity to participate in value-based payment programs such as Medicare Advantage and Primary Care First. These models include a mix of risk- and performance-based payment structures, concepts that will be new to the hospice industry. This episode of the Elevate podcast will […]

Federal Serious Illness Care Payment & Policy Could Change Under Biden

Payment models that could change under a new presidential administration have raised questions about the future business of hospice in 2021. Recent regulatory moves and the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic may be indicative of what’s to come for hospice and palliative care providers. The arrival of a new president during a national public […]

Compassionate Care Act Introduced in Senate to Expand Advance Care Planning

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) has introduced the Compassionate Care Act in the U.S. Senate. If enacted the bill would significantly expand federal resources to support advance care planning and end-of-life care decision making. The legislation would also finance public awareness campaigns about hospice and palliative care. The Compassionate Care Act would establish a nationwide public […]

Election 2020: The Stakes for Hospice, Palliative Care

With the election looming, both Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic Candidate Joe Biden have taken positions that could reshape Medicare for the foreseeable future. From the conservative camp’s calls to repeal the Affordable Care Act to Biden’s proposal to lower the eligibility age, the outcome of the election could change some of the ways […]