Study: 71% of U.S. Adults Have Never Heard of Palliative Care

As more hospices diversify their services to include palliative care, 71% of adults in the United States are unaware that the service exists, a recent Journal of Palliative Medicine (JPM) study found. Similar to hospice, palliative care provides non-curative treatment to improve comfort and quality of life for patients. Unlike hospice, providers offer palliative care […]

Nonprofit Hospices Fight to Compete with For-Profit Chains

Nonprofit hospices have been bleeding market share for several years—but are not going gentle into that good night. Rather, many nonprofits are adapting to compete with large for-profit providers that are entering the space in greater numbers. In the 1980s and 90s nonprofits provided virtually all hospice care in the United States, but the balance […]

Questions Abound on Medicare Advantage Hospice Carve-In

Hospice providers have many questions and few answers related to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) demonstration of a hospice carve-in for Medicare Advantage plans. CMS earlier this year announced that it would test coverage of the hospice benefit through Medicare Advantage plans beginning in 2012. Through Medicare Advantage, CMS contracts with […]

California Hospice Reduces Energy Costs with Green Technology

Hospice by the Bay, a Larkspur-Calif.-based nonprofit, expects to see recent investments in solar power and efficient lighting pay off with substantially reduced energy costs and a diminished carbon footprint. The new 158 kW solar panel system was installed in the organization’s administrative offices in Fall 2018. The system began producing electricity in January after […]