How Changing Reproductive Health Laws Could Impact Perinatal Hospice

Evolutions in reproductive health laws may have reverberating impacts on the demand and delivery of perinatal hospice care. Perinatal hospice care is provided to families choosing to continue a pregnancy following a life-limiting prenatal diagnosis indicating a high risk of mortality before or shortly after birth. This care includes emotional, spiritual and medical support to […]

How CON Laws Influence Hospice Quality, Program Integrity

In case you missed it, Hospice News has launched a new specialty publication for palliative care professionals. You can subscribe to Palliative Care News here: Subscribe today! Variations in hospice certificate of need (CON) state laws are raising program integrity concerns. However, this coin has two sides. CONs have a big role to play when it comes […]

Community Hospice & Palliative Care Pediatric Program Doubles Nursing Workforce as Census Grows

Want to read more palliative care-focused content like this? Subscribe to Palliative Care News today! Despite obstacles to expanding pediatric hospice care, Community Hospice & Palliative Care, has seen its program’s census and workforce grow. The Florida-based provider is an affiliate of Alivia Care Inc. Its pediatric program, dubbed Community PedsCare, has been more than 20 […]

Alivia Care’s Growth, Innovation Chief: More Referral Sources Building Own Hospice Programs

After more than two decades in the hospital space, David Meyer has stepped into the ring of post-acute as chief growth and innovation officer for Alivia Care. Alivia Care came into existence in 2020 when Community Hospice & Palliative Care, now an affiliate, formed a larger company with a wider range of services. The Florida-based […]

3 Key Gauges of Hospice Business Performance

Today’s health care environment is flooded with data, but hospice leaders should keep three types of indicators in mind as they assess their performance. Numbers like costs-per-day, payer-specific margins, and measures of community support can paint a picture of an organization’s position, executives told Hospice News. They should also be prepared for unexpected costs, such as those […]

Community Hospice CEO Phillip Ward: Providers Must Rethink Everything

To manage the changes taking place in hospice and in the larger health care system, Community Hospice & Palliative Care CEO Phillip Ward has a mantra: Rethink everything. Ward became the top executive at Florida-based Community after the nonprofit reorganized as Alivia Care, a larger enterprise with a diverse range of business lines. Former Community […]

Hospices Expand Inpatient Care, But Tread Carefully

Hospice inpatient centers have proliferated since the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rebased payment rates in 2020. While reimbursement increases can foster growth, a convergence of factors complicate providers’ ability to balance a healthy margin with the expanded access to care. The 2020 rebasing instituted a 2.7% payment increase in payments for […]

Community Hospice & Palliative Care Reopens Inpatient Center as Pandemic Eases

Community Hospice & Palliative Care recently reopened an inpatient center on the University of Florida (UF) Health Jacksonville campus. The George and Margaret Morris Center for Caring closed in 2020 to help the hospital accommodate COVID-19 patients during the pandemic’s peak.  Drops in COVID infection rates have allowed some health care providers to take their […]

Changemakers: Susan Ponder Stansel, CEO Alivia Care

Alivia Care CEO Susan Ponder Stansel came to the hospice field in 1985 as a volunteer clinical social worker at the Hospice of Northeast Florida, which was later rebranded as Community Hospice & Palliative Care. Six years later in 1991, she was the nonprofit’s CEO, putting the organization on a growth trajectory that saw the […]

Community Hospice Expands Pediatric Palliative Care Program

Community Hospice & Palliative Care, an affiliate of Alivia Care, is expanding its pediatric hospice and palliative care program, Community PedsCare, into the north-central region of Florida. Community PedsCare first launched in 2000 in the northeastern portion of the state, serving seriously ill patients from prenatal to age 21.  The majority of hospice patients are seniors […]