[UPDATED] CMS Stops Accepting Direct Contracting Applications from Hospices, Other Providers

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) has suspended the application process for the second year of the direct contracting payment models associated with Primary Care First. The status of first-year participants (April 1 to Dec. 31, 2021) has not changed. The agency announced that the direct contracting program is “under review.” This […]

Crossroads Hospice Leverages Technology to Keep Patients Connected During Pandemic

Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care has launched a new technology platform to help reduce the plague of social isolation afflicting patients alongside the COVID-19 pandemic. The new Crossroads Connections program targets patients residing in the long-term care setting, where pandemic-related restrictions have often prevented patients from seeing loved ones as well as hospice staff.  Crossroads […]

Hospices Finding Goal-Concordant Care Essential to Brand Identity

Ensuring that patients receive quality care in accordance with their wishes and goals is as essential to a hospice’s brand identity as their name, logo and letterhead. Factors such as organizational culture and mission can form a bedrock for a provider’s marketing strategies and brand advancement.  As demand for hospice care grows, hospice providers in […]

The Health Group’s Ryan Lindsay: Amazon Will Change How Hospices Do Business

The health care industry at large is rapidly changing, and this is having a ripple effect on hospice providers. Among the factors driving are massive companies not traditionally associated with health care entering the space, such as Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) and Walmart (NYSE: WMT).  Amazon, for example, recently indicated that it was pursuing nationwide expansion […]

NHPCO’s Banach: A Community-Based Palliative Benefit May Come in 2021

A community-based palliative care benefit may emerge from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services during 2021, according to National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) President and CEO Edo Banach. Though nothing is certain, Banach told Hospice News that factors exist that make it more likely to occur, including the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently […]

Acclivity Health Launches Interoperability Network

Technology firm Acclivity Health has launched a new system to coordinate clinical care and support resources for seriously ill patients, initially in 38 states. The Connected Community Interoperability Framework includes a network of corporate and organizational partners that includes tech companies Axxess, Muse Healthcare and MatrixCare, as well as the National Hospice & Palliative Care […]

House Votes to Extend Sequestration Moratorium for Hospice, Other Providers

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to extend the moratorium on Medicare payment sequestration through Dec. 31. The moratorium, established through the CARES Act, was set to expire March 31. The bill will now go to the Senate. In Dec. 2020 Reps. Brad Schneider (D-IL) and David McKinley (R-WV) introduced the Medicare Sequester COVID Moratorium […]

Hospice of the Western Reserve Breaks Ground on $3.25 Million Care Solutions Center

Hospice of the Western Reserve has begun construction on a $3.25 million facility built with an advanced technology system aimed at improving operational efficiency and patient experiences. The new Care Solutions Center represents a technological investment anticipated to bring in significant savings in the long-term, according to president and CEO William Finn. Hospice of the […]

Agrace Hospice & Supportive Care Opens Adult Day Services Center

Agrace Hospice & Supportive Care is opening an adult day service center that will provide an array of support and clinical services to aging, chronically ill and dying populations and their families in the Madison, Wisc., and surrounding areas. Agrace is a community-based hospice and palliative care provider headquartered in Madison, Wisc., with offices located […]