Future Leader: Melissa Heiss, Vice President of Hospice, Jet Health

The Future Leaders Awards program is brought to you in partnership with Homecare Homebase. The program is designed to recognize up-and-coming industry members who are shaping the next decade of home health, hospice care, senior housing, skilled nursing, and behavioral health. To see this year’s Future Leaders, visit https://futureleaders.agingmedia.com/. Melissa Heiss, vice president of hospice, […]

4 Ways Hospices Are Pursuing Growth in 2023

Hospices are blazing trails toward growth, each provider with its own range of strategies. In 2023, the focus for many is to not only expand their core business but to spread further into the care continuum. Others are traveling a more traditional route, through de novos and acquisitions, though some are modifying their approaches in […]

Behavioral Health, Chronic Disease Among Top Health Care Macro-Trends Impacting Hospices

Though operators often feel siloed within the Medicare Hospice Benefit, they are not shielded from the shifting currents in the health care system at large. This is the first of a series of articles that will explore these trends, beginning with the meteoric rise of behavioral health and chronic disease management — both as essential […]

Hospices Strengthening Ties to Tech, Pharmacy Companies to Support Families, Staff

Hospices are increasingly leveraging technology and pharmaceutical partnerships to better address the needs of patients and families and improve financial and operational efficiencies. Hospices have leaned heavily on technology during the pandemic, turning to telehealth to remain connected to patients and their families. Hospices have also increasingly leveraged technology to build operational efficiencies during widespread […]

Jet Health Acquires Trio Home Health and Hospice

Texas-based Jet Health, Inc., has acquired Trio Home Health Care and Hospice, growing its reach in the Lone Star State, which is a key focus area for the company. With the Trio purchase, Jet Health will now operate 10 locations in Texas and employ a staff of 500 full-time professionals across the state. Financial terms […]

Empath Health’s New Chief Medical Executives; HopeWest CEO Retires

Empath Health appoints chief medical executives Florida-based Empath Health recently appointed two new chief medical executives. Dr. Carol Li serves as its chief mission medical administrative officer, and Dr. Neville Sarkari as its chief mission medical affairs officer. In these roles, both will be crucial to the company’s clinical staff retention capabilities, according to Empath […]

Hospice CEOs: Rising Regulatory Scrutiny Could Spur 2022 Acquisition Market

The hospice merger and acquisitions market has been running hot, with activity showing no signs of cooling as 2022 kicks off. Even so, intensifying regulatory pressure could lead a larger contingent of smaller providers to sell, further stimulating the market. M&A activity in the home health and hospice spaces outpaced other health care service sectors […]

Jet Health Expands in Texas with Blessings Hospice Acquisition

Jet Health has announced the acquisition of Arlington, Texas-based Blessings Hospice for an undisclosed sum, boosting its presence in an increasingly competitive market. The deal expands the company’s footprint in its home state. The transaction marks the eighth overall acquisition for Jet Health – and its fifth hospice deal – since its founding in 2016. […]

Hospices Compete for Staff in Job Seekers’ Market

Hospice providers are competing more intensely to fill their ranks from a smaller pool of prospective employees. Hospices will need to offer flexible schedules, mental health support and a diverse and inclusive culture to attract and retain staff in what has become a job seekers’ market. Workforce shortages have long predated the coronavirus pandemic, but […]