Humana to Build Up In-Home Services, Focus on Social Determinants

Expanding health care services in the home setting will be a key priority during 2020 for Louisville, Ky.-based Humana (NYSE: HUM), as will an intensified focus on social determinants of health. A Humana spokesperson told Hospice News that hospice services would be a part of this effort. “The next phase beginning in 2020 is to […]

Humana Agrees to Purchase Hospice Pharmacy Provider Enclara

Insurance giant Humana (NYSE: HUM) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Philadelphia-based hospice pharmaceutical provider and benefit manager Enclara Healthcare, for an undisclosed amount. The transaction includes the privately held pharmacy company’s subsidiaries Enclara Pharmacia, GuidantRx and Avanti Health Care Services and is expected to close during the first six months of the […]

Hospices Gain from Value-Based Advanced Care Plan Initiatives

As more of the U.S. health care system migrates towards value-based care, efforts on the part of payers and other stakeholders to promote advance care planning could lead to increased hospice utilization as well as earlier admission of prospective patients. Advance care planning is designed to identify patients’ wishes, goals, and desires for their care […]

Humana CMO: Medicare Advantage Hospice Carve-In to Foster Seamless Care Transitions

A forthcoming hospice carve-in for Medicare Advantage plans will help provide seamless transitions to hospice from other care settings such as home health care or hospitals, according to Humana’s (NYSE: HUM) recently appointed Chief Medical Officer William Shrank, M.D. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin testing the hospice carve-in in […]

Hospice Providers Move Towards Addressing Social Determinants of Health

Marshaling community resources to address social determinants of health among patients and their families is the next step in the evolution of hospice care, Bill Frist, M.D., co-founder of Frist-Cressey Ventures, told Hospice News at Feb. 19 assembly of health care investors in Chicago. Social determinants of health include patient and family demographics, access to […]