HHS Shipping 2.6 Million COVID Tests, Includes Share for Hospice

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is in the process of distributing 2.6 million COVID-19 testing kits to organizations that serve vulnerable populations, including hospice providers. In addition to hospices, the department is also sending a portion of those tests to assisted living facilities, nursing homes and home health organizations. Many providers […]

More than 60 Organizations Call for Medicare Palliative Care Demo

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and congressional leaders have received letters with signatures from more than 60 health care and senior citizen advocacy groups calling for a demonstration to test a community-based palliative care benefit program within Medicare. Organizations such as the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), the National […]

EHRs Help Providers Demonstrate Value-Based Hospice and Palliative Care

Electronic health record (EHR) systems are increasingly being tailored specifically to providers of end-of-life and seriously ill care as these industries move toward value-based care in the coming year ahead. Many hospice and palliative care providers have ramped up efforts to integrate electronic systems to stay competitive in a crowded marketplace and provide data-backed reporting […]

Alive Hospice Doubles Telemedicine Presence

Nashville-based Alive Hospice expanded the scale of its telemedicine programming as tornadoes and the coronavirus pandemic took the area by storm this spring. Technology has become an essential tool for many providers to continue caring for hospice patient populations at highest risk of coronavirus infection. Alive Hospice launched the Henry Hooker Alive Connect telehospice program […]

Hospice Respite Care Relief Bill Introduced in the House

Reps. Troy Balderson (R-Ohio) and Donna Shalala (D-Fla.) introduced the COVID-19 Hospice Respite Care Relief Act for consideration by the U.S. House of Representatives. The U.S. Senate has been mulling similar legislation since early August.  If enacted the bill would allow hospice patients to receive respite care in their homes as opposed to an inpatient […]

NHPCO to HHS: Hospices Need Aid for COVID Testing

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) has asked U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to provide aid to providers for COVID-19 testing. The federal government and some states are increasingly instituting mandatory testing rules that apply to health care workers. NHPCO has previously called for the allocation of $500 million […]

Legislators Ask for Ochsner Investigation Following Hospice Report

Legislators in the state of Louisiana are calling for an investigation into allegations that Ochsner Health System in the New Orleans area sent patients home or into hospice despite objections from their families. A ProPublica investigation revealed the allegations earlier this month. Members of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus have called on Gov. Jon Bel Edwards, […]

Hospice of Southern Maine Unveils New Home Hospice Center

Hospice of Southern Maine has opened the doors of its new Home Hospice Center, built in response to growing demand for hospice as well as to support staff, volunteer and community needs. The facility serves as a headquarters for the organization’s home hospice clinical operations, in addition to providing an expanded space for staff training, […]

ProPublica: COVID Patients Sent to Hospice Against Families’ Wishes

COVID-19 patients were discharged from New Orleans hospitals into their homes or a hospice facility against the wishes of their families, a recent ProPublica investigation alleged. Each of the affected families was African American, the report indicated. Though the Kaiser Health Foundation reports that more than 70% of people in the United States say they […]

NHPCO: Fostering Trust Key to Reaching Patients Underserved by Hospice

Hospices must work to foster trust among minority and ethnic communities that are underserved by hospice, particularly during a pandemic that has disproportionately impacted people of color, according to a new position paper from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s (NHPCO) Diversity Advisory Council. Demographic populations that historically have been underserved by hospice are […]