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, […]

Hospice Expected to Grow in 2020, Increase Focus on Social Determinants

The hospice space should see extensive growth during 2020 as well an increasing focus on social determinants of health. Demographic tailwinds are among the drivers of hospice growth, as well as a driver of investment in hospice companies. An estimated 10,000 people in the United States become Medicare-eligible each day, a trend that many expect […]

Interim Healthcare Finds Winning Strategy on Staff Retention

Hospice and home health care provider Interim Healthcare is pursuing a multifaceted initiative to combat the effects of industry-wide staffing shortages. Combined, these efforts have enabled the company’s franchisees to increase the number of candidates they attract by five fold. Currently the United States has 13.35 hospice and palliative care specialists for every 100,000 adults […]

Complementary Therapies Can Build Hospice Market Share

From animals to acupuncture, hospices are supplementing traditional “heads, meds, and beds” care with complementary therapies. Programs such as pet/animal therapy, acupuncture, massage, aromatherapy, meditation, art, music, and other complementary therapies are drawing increased patient and family attention, leading more hospices to offer these types of services. In one study, 29% of hospices (169 out […]

Accurate Documentation Helps Hospices Avoid Audits

Submitting inadequate or incomplete required written documentation is a sure-fire way to bring surveyors or auditors to a hospice’s doorstep. As regulators increasingly fix their eyes on the hospice space, providers are stepping up their efforts to ensure their documentation is airtight. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) often treats issues such […]

Interim HealthCare to Expand Dementia Program to the U.K.

Florida-based post-acute and hospice care franchisor Interim HealthCare, a subsidiary of Caring Brands International, is expanding its specialized dementia care program to the United Kingdom. Staff in the United Kingdom will begin training for the program later this month. All 325 of Interim’s franchisees in 44 states currently offer the program, which was launched in […]

Interim HealthCare CEO on the Future of Hospice

Since being named President and CEO of Florida-based Interim HealthCare in January, Jennifer Sheets has spent a lot of time on the road, visiting the franchise owners who comprise Interim’s network of 325 hospice, home health care, and other home-based health service locations. Interim’s franchise business model is unique in health care. Franchise owners in […]