Diversity Initiatives a Rising Priority for Hospices

Race continues to represent one of the largest barriers to hospice and palliative care. Hospice and palliative care providers are honing in on equity and inclusion, seeking to foster diversity among patients and staff alike. The United States population has grown more racially and ethnically diverse as it ages, according to a U.S. Census Bureau […]

Pandemic Reshaping Hospice Bereavement Care

The coronavirus pandemic has been reshaping the ways hospices provide bereavement care. Many providers have taken these services online as COVID-19 forced the need to socially distance, with hospices working quickly to implement new technology platforms. Given these investments, many of these changes will likely extend into the long term. The U.S. Centers for Medicare […]

Hospices Preparing for HOPE Quality Tool Coming from CMS

The forthcoming Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation (HOPE) tool is currently in the first stage of pilot testing. The tool will replace the Hospice Item Set (HIS) quality reporting system when completed, but providers have growing concerns about the ramifications, with many stretched thin after a tough year during the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Centers […]

CMS Revising Hospice Survey Process in the Pandemic’s Wake

One year into the outbreak, hospices nationwide are trying to decipher what the post-pandemic regulatory landscape will look like. This will include updates to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) survey process that were delayed due to COVID-19. CMS is revising its survey process to emphasize what the agency considers to be […]

Former CMS Chief Berwick: Hospice, Health Care Needs to Reorient Systems Around Patient Needs

Delivering quality health care requires a moral compass, according to Don Berwick, M.D., former administrator for the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and founding CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. This requires hospice providers to go beyond regulatory compliance when they think about quality, with equitable access as a key component, […]

Providers Strategize to Close Racial Gaps in Hospice Care

While several health care providers have expanded their diversity initiatives to bridge racial divides, hospices have much room to grow in fostering stronger connections with underserved communities of color. Hospice providers who participated in a recent nationwide study indicated that increasing staff diversity and developing committees dedicated to diversity initiatives were strategies yielding the most […]

Hospices Adjust to New CMS Addendum Rule

Hospices have shifted staff training as well as patient admission and documentation processes amid a barrage of changes since the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the election statement addendum rule Oct. 2020. While the new rule could stand to improve patient awareness and understanding of hospice, providers who fail to comply […]

Hospices Struggle to Unwrap PRF Funding Requirements

Provider Relief Funds issued by the federal government during COVID-19 have done much to alleviate some of the financial strain placed on hospice providers. To fully realize the benefits, organizations must ensure they understand the eligibility requirements and procedures for reporting lost revenue. With a deadline approaching and confusion proliferating about allowable expenses, hospices are […]

Androscoggin to Open New Maine Palliative Care Center

Lewiston, Maine-based Androscoggin Home Healthcare + Hospice will be expanding its palliative services with a new specialized care center in Portland, Maine. In addition to serving the community’s serious illness population, the Maine Center for Palliative Medicine will provide palliative care education and training programming to various health care clinicians and professionals. Hospices are increasingly […]

Hospices Brace for COVID-19 Vaccine Costs

Health care workers and long-term care residents are among the highest priority groups as a coronavirus vaccine rolls out across the United States. While enthusiastic about the opportunity to protect staff from COVID-19, hospices remain concerned about vaccination storage costs and increased labor and operational expenses. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the […]