Direct Contracting Payment Models to Allow Concurrent Hospice Care

The direct contracting component of the Primary Cares Initiative will allow eligible hospice patients to receive curative treatment while also receiving hospice care.  The direct contracting options include three voluntary payment models that are designed to help the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and health care providers reduce the cost of care […]

Hospice of the Chesapeake CEO Departs for NHPCO Post

Hospice of the Chesapeake President and CEO Ben Marcantonio will leave that organization effective Sept. 25 and will become chief operating officer for the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). Macantonio began at Hospice of the Chesapeake in 2013 as the agency’s chief operating officer and took the helm as CEO in 2015. He was […]

Chief Medical Officer Eric Bush: Hospice Can Gain Through Primary Care First Direct Contracting

Eric Bush, M.D., is a board-certified hospice and palliative medicine physician, joining Hospice of the Chesapeake as chief medical officer in 2016. In this role, Bush provides strategic and leadership direction to the medical staff, which includes physicians and nurse practitioners. Having served first as a licensed practical nurse in the U.S. Army Reserve, a […]

Hospice of the Chesapeake Pursuing Acquisition of Hospice of Charles County

Maryland-based Hospice of the Chesapeake has signed a letter of intent to acquire the Hospice of Charles County. Financial terms of the transaction are yet to be determined pending a 30-to-60 day conditional discovery period.  When the deal is executed, it will expand Hospice of the Chesapeake’s geographic footprint to three counties in the organization’s […]

Hospices Redesign Bereavement Care Due to Social Distancing

Hospice providers nationwide are reassessing how they provide bereavement care due to the need for social distancing during the ongoing pandemic. With few other options, many are turning to telehealth systems to support grieving families. Hospices have had to cancel in-person counseling sessions, meetings with families as well as support groups and other services to […]

Chesapeake Palliative Medicine Rebrands as Chesapeake Supportive Care

Pasadena, Md.-based Chesapeake Palliative Medicine has rebranded as Chesapeake Supportive Care to shed stigma that arise from misconceptions about hospice and palliative medicine. Chesapeake Supportive Care is affiliated with Hospice of the Chesapeake. Several hospices and palliative care providers nationwide have been rebranding in recent months, often due to the stigma or to reflect a […]

Hospice of the Chesapeake Program Explores How Men Grieve

Maryland-based Hospice of the Chesapeake in September will launch a new bereavement care program focused on the unique ways that men grieve.  Men are less likely to express or discuss their grief following a loved one’s death, according to the 2010 book Grieving Beyond Gender: Understanding the Ways Men and Women Mourn, by K.J. Doka […]

A Deeper Dive into Primary Care First, Where Hospice Fits

Though new payment models under the auspices of Medicare’s new Primary Care First initiative are designed for primary care providers, hospice and palliative care providers have a role to play. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in April announced that they would implement Primary Care First in phases beginning in Jan. 2020, […]