Keys to Effective Palliative Care Training Models

Palliative care clinical education avenues have expanded in recent years, but providers say the well may not be filling up quickly enough to meet demand. Communication and peer support elements are among the key training elements for palliative workforce sustainability and growth. Recruiting and retaining palliative care professionals can be a difficult feat for organizations, […]

[UPDATED] Brookdale Sells 20% Stake in Hospice, Home Health JV with HCA

For $27 million, HCA Healthcare (NYSE: HCA) has acquired Brookdale Senior Living’s (NYSE: BKD) 20% stake in a hospice, home health and therapy joint venture between the two companies. HCA now owns 100% of the business. The joint venture formed in 2021 when the senior housing operator sold an 80% stake in its health care […]

What New Allegations that HCA Healthcare Pressured Patients Mean for Hospices

Recent allegations that staff at HCA Healthcare (NYSE: HCA) put pressure on patients to enter hospice dovetail with longstanding questions over how and when patients should be referred. A recent report from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) alleges that HCA has pressured clinicians to inappropriately “push” patients and families to accept hospice referrals. The […]

Key Trends to Watch: Health Systems Moving into Hospice, Home-Based Care

As more care moves into the home setting, more hospitals and health systems are throwing their hats into the ring. Coupled with the entry of more payers into the space, the influx of health systems into home health, hospice and community-based palliative care stands to change the competitive dynamics in markets nationwide. This is the […]

Charter Healthcare Shakes Up Executive Team with New CEO, COO

California-based post-acute care company Charter Healthcare Group has tapped Cheryl Lovell to become its new CEO and Anna-Gene O’Neal as the company’s first chief operating officer. Charter, a portfolio company of Pharos Capital Group, provides hospice, home health, complex care management and palliative care services to nearly 13,000 patients in eight states. “We are excited […]

HCA Healthcare Launches Hospice, Palliative Care Fellowship Program in Florida

Nashville-based HCA Healthcare Inc. (NYSE: HCA) and the University of Central Florida (UCF) recently added a new graduate fellowship in hospice and palliative care medicine to their existing repertoire of training programs. The program will accept two fellows annually. The fellowship will launch in July 2023 at HCA Florida Osceola Hospital, the Orlando VA Medical […]

AccentCare, LHC Group, VITAS Execs: Care Continuum Sprawl Central to Hospice’s Growth

Expansion across the care continuum is a key to sustainable growth for hospices, according to executives from some of the industry’s largest companies. The hospice industry has been ripe for growth in recent years, plucking the interest of investors from all walks. Hospices have dug deep into the roots of their growth strategies as competition […]

Health Systems Expanding Into Hospice Could Disrupt Competitive Playing Field

As health and hospital systems show a growing interest in home-based care, the competitive landscape for hospices could change — both in terms of market share and staff recruitment. A leading concern is that hospices will see dips in their referral streams, admissions and ultimately their bottom lines, according to YoloCares CEO Craig Dresang. “In […]

LHC Group’s Hospice Segment Faring Better Than Home Health Amid Labor Struggles

Labor pressures are bearing down on LHC Group’s (NASDAQ: LHCG) patient volumes and revenue, hitting its home health segment harder than its hospice business. Workforce strains have put pressure on many providers’ capacity to accept patients, and Louisiana-based home health and hospice provider LHC Group is no exception. Labor costs are up across the board, […]

Hospital, Health System Activity a ‘Very Disruptive Point’ in Hospice M&A Landscape

More hospitals and health systems are stepping into the home-based hospice space, often seeing joint ventures as a promising route to a return on their investment. While there are several factors driving facility-based health care organizations to eye home-based care, more than anything, hospices and other providers should simply be aware that the “normal” look […]