Hospice Physician Timothy Ihrig: MA Carve-in May Hurt Quality

Hospice and palliative care physician Timothy Ihrig, M.D., is chief medical officer of Crossroads Hospice and has served in that role since 2018. He speaks nationally on policy, clinical and economic issues that impact hospice and palliative care providers and their patients.  Crossroads provides hospice and palliative care to approximately 1 million patients annually in […]

Hospices Ready Themselves for the Medicare Advantage Carve-In

Though hospices remain in the dark about the inner workings of the forthcoming Medicare Advantage carve-in, some are using their knowledge and experience in working with payers to take the first steps toward implementation. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) earlier this year announced that it would test coverage of hospice care […]

Hospices Adapt to Support Patients Without Family Caregivers

Cultural changes to family dynamics and demographics may require hospices to adjust their care and business models to care for patients who have no family support. Since its inception, hospice has been centered on both the patient and family, not only through providing services to the family but also relying on them as an essential […]

Cardiac Patients Less Likely to Receive Hospice, Palliative Care Referrals

Physicians are less likely to recommend hospice and palliative care to patients suffering from cardiac conditions, such as congestive heart failure, compared to patients who have other conditions such as cancer, a recent study indicates. Numerous hospices provide palliative care, and an increasing number are diversifying their service. Education of clinicians treating cardiovascular patients can […]

Hospice Volunteers Save Providers $469 Million Yearly

The nation’s 420,000 trained hospice volunteers generate more than $469 million in annual savings for hospice providers while administering and supporting essential services for patients, according to the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). Hospice volunteers provide more than 19 million hours of service annually. The estimated financial value of a hospice volunteer’s time […]

Crossroads HeartLink Program Boosts Patient Satisfaction, Cuts Readmissions

Crossroads Hospice and Palliative Care, a privately owned provider, has developed a program to support congestive heart failure patients and their caregivers, improve patient satisfaction, and potentially reduce costly readmissions. Crossroads provides hospice and palliative care to approximately 1 million patients annually in Georgia, Missouri, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Tennessee, and Kansas. The organization’s average daily […]