´╗┐Hospices Can Leverage Mental Health Care for Better Quality, Growth

Hospices are increasingly offering expanded behavioral health services to improve care for patients suffering with serious mental illnesses (SMIs) at the end of life. Rising demand for these services comes at a strenuous time for hospices amid shifting payment policies and a worldwide pandemic. Investing to expand mental health programming poses both challenging financial risks […]

Hospice Social Workers Improve Health Care Equity, Justice

Hospice social workers can play a key role in addressing matters of social justice and health care equity when working with patients in underserved populations such as the mentally ill, the LGBTQ+ community and people of color. Lack of funding and interdisciplinary research are among the barriers of improving access to care for these groups, […]

Hospices Hitting Barriers to Integrating Behavioral Health

Advocates have increasingly called for expanded resources to address mental health issues and substance use problems (SUPs) among hospice patients to improve delivery and quality of their care. However, limited research is available for hospice providers looking to integrate psychiatric or mental health services. An estimated 5 to 8 million older adults in the United […]

Improving Hospice Access for Patients with Serious Mental Illness

Greater communication and deeper integration of psychiatric-palliative care are avenues for hospice providers seeking to remove barriers to access and improve quality of care for patients with mental illness. Research indicates significant disparities in the end-of-life experience for patients with serious persistent mental illnesses (SPMI), with inadequate collaboration among clinicians and lack of psychiatric-specific care […]