Hospices Fight Rising Turnover During Pandemic

Staff turnover and burnout have been higher since the coronavirus pandemic first hit the nation. Hospices are adopting strategies to stem the tide, with providers increasingly working to build career paths for nurses and other hospice staff. The coronavirus pandemic has taken a heavy toll on hospice staff since its onset. Slightly more than 20% […]

Encompass Home Health, Hospice CEO April Anthony to Step Down in June

April Anthony, CEO of Home Health and Hospice at Encompass Health Corp. (NYSE: EHC) will be stepping down in mid-June of this year. The move comes at a time when the company is considering a repositioning of its home health and hospice business, including a potential spin off or sale. Anthony founded Encompass Home Health […]

Assisted Living Primed for Hospice Growth in 2021

Assisted living facilities continue to represent one of the largest growth opportunities for hospices in the coming year, according to industry leaders who responded to the Hospice News 2021 Outlook Survey. The prospect of growth in assisted living remains promising despite challenges accessing patients in many locations due to restrictions brought on by the coronavirus […]

Top 2021 Hospice Worries: Accessing Facility-Bound Patients, Staffing

Regaining regular access to hospice patients in nursing homes, assisted living or other facilities is a top concern for providers, along with ongoing staffing shortages that pre-date the pandemic, according to organization leaders who responded to Hospice News 2021 Outlook Survey.  The 2021 Hospice News Outlook Survey and Report, sponsored by Homecare Homebase, is informed […]

Hospices Focus on EHR Interoperability to Prep for Value-Based Care

Electronic health record (EHR) interoperability is becoming a priority for hospice providers as they prepare for value-based care programs coming in 2021 such as the Primary Cares Serious Illness Population Model. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requires health care organizations that participate in the model to use certified EHR technology (CEHRT). […]

Gary Winzelberg: Education Key to Hospice and Palliative Workforce Shortages

Gary Winzelberg, M.D., is director of the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill’s Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program and associate professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine of the UNC School of Medicine. Board certified in hospice and palliative, geriatric and internal medicine, his teaching focuses on improving providers’ serious illness communication […]

Designing Career Paths Aids Hospice, Palliative Care Staff Shortages

The hospice and palliative care workforce has been shrinking in recent years due to staff retirement, burnout and limited opportunities for specialty training. Designing a career path with opportunities for advancement can boost recruitment, improve retention and reduce turnover. “Currently, the specialty workforce is just too small to meet demand,” said Brynn Bowman, chief strategy […]

Homecare Homebase Launches Patient Engagement Partnership with Cipher Health

Homecare Homebase — a producer of software serving the hospice and home care industries — has launched a partner with the health care tech firm Cipher Health to improve patient engagement. Homecare Homebase provides much of the industry with electronic health records (EHR) systems. The partnership expects to make Homecare Homebase EHR systems interoperable with […]

Hospice CEOs Confident on Industry Performance During Recession

The COVID-19 pandemic has set off global economic shockwaves, pushing the nation and much of the world into a deepening recession. While hospices have taken significant financial blows stemming from the outbreak, leaders in the space have displayed confidence that hospice remains a recession-proof industry. The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) has indicated that […]

Hospice Providers: Staffing is Our Top 2020 Challenge

Concerns about staffing outweigh worries about growing competition in the hospice space as well as emerging payment models that stand to transform aspects of the industry such as the Medicare Advantage hospice carve-in and the Primary Care First initiatives. Hospice News in collaboration with Dallas-based tech company Homecare Homebase surveyed more than 300 industry professionals, […]