Hospices Stepping Up Performance on Visits-in-Last-Days-of-Life Measure

Hospices, in aggregate, are showing improvement on the quality measure for visits in the last days of life. The number of registered nurse and social worker visits during a patient’s final week is one of the seven quality measures that CMS uses to evaluate providers. In Calendar Year 2021, the share of hospice care days […]

Hospices Welcome VBID’s Demise, But Questions Remain

In case you missed it, Hospice News has launched a new specialty publication for palliative care professionals. You can subscribe to Palliative Care News here: Subscribe today! The Medicare Advantage hospice carve-in will be carved back out by the end of this year. Many operators were glad to see it go, but the questions the […]

St. Croix Hospice Expands in Iowa

In case you missed it, Hospice News has launched a new specialty publication for palliative care professionals. You can subscribe to Palliative Care News here: Subscribe today! St. Croix Hospice has opened a de novo in the Clarinda, Iowa, community.  As part of its growth strategy, St. Croix Hospice often looks for markets in which hospice utilization […]

St. Croix Hospice Leverages Predictive Analytics to Boost Quality

St. Croix Hospice recently unveiled data showing how the company leveraged predictive analytics technology to improve quality outcomes. In 2019 the Minnesota-headquartered hospice provider began utilizing a predictive analytics tool from Medalogix. The post-acute data analytics company develops machine learning solutions designed to identify patients in need of home health, hospice or palliative care services […]

Creative Role Development, Organizational Culture Keys to Battling 2024’s Staffing Headwinds

The worst of the staffing challenges is far from over for embattled hospice providers seeking fruitful recruitment and retention strategies in 2024. Operators will continue to reckon with clinical capacity strains next year as hospices contend with rising demand from a swelling aging population, according to Nick Westfall, CEO of VITAS Healthcare, a subsidiary of […]

St. Croix Hospice Expands Missouri Footprint

St. Croix Hospice has expanded its Missouri footprint with a de novo in the Wildwood community. The new office is the company’s eighth location in Missouri. Favorable demographics are among the factors that make Missouri an attractive market for hospices. The proportion of seniors older than 65 in Missouri’s population is expected to reach 19.1% […]

Program Integrity, Health Equity, Workforce Pressures Top of Mind for Hospice Leaders in 2024

This year has brought both tumultuous challenges and evolving opportunities for hospices that will steer hospice leadership during 2024. Hospice News spoke with a group of industry leaders about the most impactful forces that will shape the space in the coming year. Some themes from last year have carried over as far as their biggest […]

St. Croix Hospice Launches Specialty Wound Care Program

St. Croix Hospice has launched a new specialty program focused on wound care. The Minnesota-based provider has hired a number of board-certified wound and ostomy clinicians to operate the new program, its eighth specialty care service. St. Croix Hospice is a portfolio company of the private equity firm H.I.G. Capital. “The Wound Care Specialty Program […]

The Forces Fueling the Palliative Care Market

Evolving demographic and economic forces have placed palliative care among the nation’s fastest growing health care sectors. Interest in the palliative care market has spiked in recent years, partly due to the value proposition these services offer to patients, families, providers and payers alike, according to Fred Bentley, managing director at health care consulting firm […]