Hospices Adapt Their Marketing Practices During COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted every aspect of hospice operations, including the way hospices market themselves. Increased difficulty accessing patients and declining referrals are some of the strongest forces driving hospices to adopt new marketing practices, but remaining competitive in a crowded industry during the pandemic has come with additional ethical considerations. Since the COVID-19 […]

NHPCO Asks Administration to Extend COVID Public Health Emergency

The National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) has called on federal regulators to extend the federally declared public health emergency addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. The emergency declaration is scheduled to end in July, but the Trump administration has the ability to extend the time period. Though the pandemic continues unabated, the public health emergency […]

CMS Extends Medicare Care Choices Test for Hospices

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is extending the Medicare Care Choices Model by one year. The program is now expected to remain in effect until Dec. 31, 2021, meaning that providers can enroll eligible beneficiaries through June 30, 2021 and provide supportive services through the program’s scheduled end date. Through the […]

The Rising Tide of Pediatric Hospice, Palliative Care

Though seniors receive most of the hospice care in the United States, a rising number of hospice and palliative care providers are focusing more of their attention on a very different patient population: children with serious or terminal illness. More than 47% of hospice patients in 2017 were older than 85, according to the National […]

Interim HealthCare Offers Education, Support for Dementia Patient Caregivers

Hospice providers have increasingly focused on dementia care among the rising demand to support these caregivers and the unique challenges they face. Interim HealthCare is among the providers boosting support for dementia caregivers with a recently launched guide addressing the specific complexities of these patients’ needs. As the number of seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s […]

The Time is Right for a Community-Based Palliative Care Benefit

Stakeholders in the hospice space and beyond have recognized the need for community-based palliative care, delivered in the home, and the time has come for the federal government to do the same. Efforts have been underway among health care providers, state governments, advocacy groups and payers, among others, to make community based palliative care more […]

NHPCO: Make Permanent Telehealth Flexibilities for Hospice

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) has called upon the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to make permanent regulatory flexibilities that allowed hospices to expand telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Declaration of a national disaster allows the HHS to waive certain regulatory requirements under section 1135 of the Social […]

Hospice of Southern Maine, Granite State College Partner on Staff Education

Hospice of Southern Maine (HSM) recently partnered with Granite State College to offer its employees reduced tuition in pursuing higher education. While the coronavirus pandemic has been a large concern for hospice providers in 2020, staffing has also remained among the top challenges. With the industry facing widespread staffing shortages across all professional disciplines, hospices […]

Populations Underserved by Hospice Hardest Hit by COVID

Demographic populations that historically have been underserved by hospice are also among the most severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the African American, Hispanic and Native American communities have been disproportionately represented in the numbers of COVID infections and associated mortality. U.S. counties with a predominantly African American population, for example, tend to […]