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 […]

Hospice Providers Embrace Predictive Monitoring to Identify Prospective Patients

Hospice providers have increasingly adopted predictive analytic systems to identify patients in need of their services further upstream in their disease trajectory, as well as to demonstrate their value to payers and referral partners, including Medicare Advantage plans. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin allowing hospices to participate in Medicare […]

Hospices Step Up Grief Care to Support Providers in Other Settings

By the nature of their work, hospice providers confront mortality more frequently than clinicians in other settings. As more clinicians in other health care settings, such as hospitals and nursing homes, encounter more patient deaths than ever before due to the COVID-19 pandemic, hospices are bringing their expertise in bereavement to support health care workers […]

Palliative Care for Heart Failure Patients Reduces Readmissions

Palliative care can be valuable for heart failure patients and may lower the risk of hospital readmissions, according to a recent report from the American Heart Association (AHA). With circulatory/heart conditions among the most common diagnoses for hospice patients, providers could benefit from incorporating palliative care into their service lines. The AHA report stated that […]

National Hospice Foundation Creates Grant Program for PPE During COVID-19

The National Hospice Foundation has launched a grant program to help hospices acquire necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic. The foundation is an affiliate of the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). Demand for PPE has risen astronomically across all health care settings due to the outbreak. Accessing PPE has proven […]

Congress Members Call on CMS to Delay Hospice Carve-In

Members of the Ways and Means Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives have called for a one-year delay for the value-based insurance design model hospice demonstration, commonly called the Medicare Advantage carve-in. Reps. Adrian Smith (R-Neb.), Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) and Terri Sewell (D-Ala.) sent a letter to Seema Verma, administrator of the U.S. Centers […]

NHPCO, VA Partner to Extend Trauma-Informed Hospice for Veterans

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have expanded the scope of their We Honor Veterans partnership to enhance mental health services for traumatized veterans receiving hospice or palliative care. The program is making grants to hospice and palliative care care providers to develop their capabilities […]

Hospices Contend with Medication Shortages Amid Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is straining every corner of the health care system, and pharmacies are no exception. Consequently, some hospice providers and patients are experiencing difficulty accessing some essential medications. In some instances, the pandemic is exacerbating existing problems. Hospice providers around the country have been seeing ongoing shortages of general opioids, such as morphine […]

Hospice and Palliative Care Providers Adapt to New Infection Control Demands

Infection control is at the heart of hospice and palliative care providers’ response to the COVID-19 crisis as these organizations care for some of the most vulnerable patient populations. While infection control is certainly not a new topic in health care settings, new questions are arising during the pandemic about best prevention practices to protect […]