HopeHealth’s Dr. Leah McDonald Sees ‘System-Wide Embedding’ of Palliative Skills

A systematic overhaul of the nation’s health care education programs is needed to ensure that future clinicians are prepared to provide palliative and hospice care amid rising demand, according to Dr. Leah McDonald of HopeHealth. McDonald is a hospice and palliative care physician at HopeHealth. The nonprofit health system offers home health, hospice and palliative […]

How Regulation Could Shape the Future of Telehealth in Palliative Care

Palliative care providers are faced with uncertainties that abound over the regulatory future of telehealth as they continue to shape their programs. Some telehealth flexibilities that were temporarily implemented during the COVID public health emergency (PHE) are scheduled to sunset at the end of 2024. During the pandemic, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid […]

‘Untapped’ Social Determinants to Build Into Palliative Care Programs

Palliative care providers may have untapped areas of potential when it comes to improving access and quality through services that address social determinants of health. Though social determinants can take time and resources to build into palliative care programs, they come with a strong return on investment, according to Dr. Yaquta Patni, wound care and […]

The Miriam Hospital Integrates Palliative, Emergency Care Program

The Miriam Hospital is launching a program that combines palliative care and emergency medical services. The Rhode Island-based hospital is piloting a new approach for its emergency department (ED) patients that provides palliative care options for those with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. Through the program, the HopeHealth palliative care team at The Miriam Hospital will […]

Hospice Leaders: Dollars Alone Won’t Solve the Turnover Conundrum

Money isn’t everything when it comes to recruitment and retention. While compensation is an important factor for attracting and keeping staff, hospices need to consider other crucial aspects. Employee benefits, a career path, organizational culture and leadership engagement also weigh into workers’ decisions to join, stay or leave a hospice. Hospices should take a close […]

HopeHealth, Community VNA to Merge

Massachusetts-based Community Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) will merge with HopeHealth, headquartered in Rhode Island. The two nonprofits intend a non-cash affiliation expected to complete in January 2021.  The two organizations provide hospice, home health and palliative care in southeastern New England. VNA will rebrand as HopeHealth Community VNA. The merging organizations have plans for future […]

HopeHealth Merges with Cape Cod Healthcare, Ends Pediatric Hospice Contract

Rhode Island-based HopeHealth announced it would be ending its pediatric hospice program shortly after completing a merger with Cape Cod Healthcare, the Cape Cod region’s largest hospice provider.   Effective Feb. 1, HopeHealth’s hospice, palliative care, Alzheimer’s and dementia services units began operating under the auspices of Cape Cod Healthcare. The merger, announced in Dec. […]