Hospice Providers Leverage Data to Reach the Underserved

Race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status are the leading differentiating factors fueling disparities in hospice utilization. Data, and associated documentation, can help fuel policy to improve access for underserved populations nationwide. The nation’s population is growing more racially and ethnically diverse, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report from last year. From 2010 to 2019, the […]

Seasons, AccentCare VP: Hospice Education Essential for Underserved Communities

The Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care/AccentCare has appointed Nicole McCann-Davis as associate vice president of health equity and access. In this newly created position, she will oversee the company’s efforts to foster equity, diversity and inclusion among staff and its patient population. Seasons and AccentCare merged in late 2020, but the two segments have retained […]

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 […]

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 […]

Physician Offices an Engine for Hospice Referral Growth

New physician relationships are anticipated to be a major opportunity for referral partnership growth in 2021 among hospice providers. Communicating the value of hospice care to physicians will be an important key to developing and sustaining this largely untapped area of referring relationships.  Demographics, evolving payment models and shifts in patient accessibility during COVID-19 are […]

Top 10 Largest Hospice Providers of 2020

Despite facing forceful pandemic-related headwinds from COVID-19, mergers and acquisitions and organic growth are fueling market share growth among the organizations listed in the LexisNexis 2020 Top Hospice Providers report. VITAS Healthcare, a subsidiary of Chemed Corp. (NYSE: CHE), led the charge as the largest hospice provider in the United States last year, with 4.42% […]

AccentCare Expands Executive Team with New COO Chris Dimos

Hospice and home health provider AccentCare has installed Chris Dimos as the company’s first chief operations officer. Dimos comes to AccentCare after serving as president of retail solutions at McKesson Pharmaceutical Solutions and Services, a segment of McKesson Corp. (NYSE: MCK), a Fortune 10 company.  Dimos began his health care career as a pharmacist and moved […]

Top Hospice Trends to Watch in 2021

The year 2020 brought unprecedented disruption to the hospice space, mostly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The outbreak strained providers ability to provide care, access patients in homes and facilities and to maintain a healthy bottom line in light of lost revenues and rising costs.  Despite these challenges and economic headwinds, hospices adapted, improvised and […]

AccentCare, Seasons Hospice Complete Merger

Post-acute care company AccentCare and Rosemont, Ill.-based Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care have completed their planned merger, having cleared customary regulatory and governance hurdles. The combined company will provide a full continuum of home-based health care services, including hospice, palliative care, home health care and personal care. AccentCare is a portfolio company of the private equity […]

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 […]