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‘Doing Good by Doing Well:’ Founder Jessica McGlory Launches Guaranteed with $6.5 Million Seed Round

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Two years after her own father passed away, entrepreneur Jessica McGlory felt called to launch her own provider company, California-based Guaranteed, which began operations three months ago in Los Angeles.

22 States Petition CMS to End COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

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Attorneys General from 22 states have petitioned the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to eliminate the COVID-19 vaccine requirement for health care workers.

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Amedisys CEO Gerard ‘Terminated Without Cause;’ Kusserow to Return

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Chris Gerard, CEO of Amedisys Inc. NASDAQ: AMED), is leaving the company as of today. Chairman and former CEO Paul Kusserow will return as Amedisys’ chief executive. Gerard was “terminated without cause,” according to a filing with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission.

How the U.S. Will Revamp Family Caregiver Support

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Without family caregivers, many hospice patients would be unable to receive care in their homes.

Hospices Expanding Services for the Veteran Population

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The nation’s veterans are aging along with the rest of the U.S. population, and hospices are developing more programs and resources to address their unique needs.

Industry Groups Call for Federal Oversight of Hospice Licensing as Concerns Emerge in Several States

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Federal oversight is needed to stem harmful and potentially illegal practices associated with a proliferation of new providers in several states, four of the nation’s largest hospice industry groups wrote to U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure.

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As More Hospices Close Their Doors, Staffing Strains Are Becoming Crystalized

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Staffing issues have increasingly been at the root of leading causes behind shuttered hospice programs nationwide. Demographics are pushing up demand for end-of-life care amid long-standing staffing shortages in hospice.

Comfort Care Homes Build Bridges to Hospice for Underserved Patients

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For terminally ill patients who lack secure housing or loved ones to care for them, hospice is typically not an option. Organizations called comfort care homes have been working to fill this gap.

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More Medical Schools Investing in Palliative Care Education

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Palliative care education programs are gaining speed regionally, leading some to hope for a “domino effect” that would spur further growth.

Congress Takes Up Bill to Expand Advance Care Planning

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Senators Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) have introduced a bill designed to foster greater access to advance care planning (ACP) among Medicare beneficiaries.

Agrace Hospice and Supportive Care to Reduce Carbon Footprint by 2025

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Wisconsin-based Agrace Hospice and Supportive Care is implementing a plan to become carbon neutral by 2025. The move will ultimately help to ensure sustainable services for patients in more ways than one, according to executives.

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World Hospice and Palliative Care Day Raises Global Awareness

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Globally, the need for hospice and palliative care has been growing faster than people can access them. This was the impetus behind the World Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA), which emerged from an Oct. 8, 2005 meeting of health care leaders in South Korea.

Enhabit Adapts Case Management Model to Stem Turnover in Acquired Hospice Agencies

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Enhabit Home Health & Hospice (NYSE: EHAB) is adapting some aspects of how they integrate newly acquired hospice assets.

Hospices Leverage Partnerships to Scale Palliative Care Programs

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Limited pathways to reimbursement and workforce shortages are the largest hurdles for growth among community-based palliative care programs.

CMMI Working on Payment Models That Include Palliative Care

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The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) is developing new reimbursement pathways for palliative care. As part of that process, CMMI is applying elements of its Medicare Care Choices Model (MCCM) demonstration, which ended Dec. 31, 2021, according to a new CMMI white paper.

Changing Hospice Conversation Key to Improving Caregiver Support

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Support for family caregivers of seriously ill patients is both limited and fragmented, but changing the conversation about the end of life could fill some of the gaps.

Rising Interest Rates Unlikely to Slow Hospice M&A; Largest Deals May Take the Brunt

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Rising interest rates and unlikely to deter investors or strategic buyers from acquiring hospice companies. The Federal Reserve raised interest rates by 0.75% earlier this month. The rates now range from 3.75% to 4%. The Fed will likely institute further rate hikes to combat record-high inflation.

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Customizing Hospice, Palliative Care Payment Contracts in ACO REACH

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Hospices and Accountable Care Organizations have the ability to customize payment contracts within the Realizing Equity, Access and Community Health (ACO REACH) program. Effective Jan. 1, 2023, the U.S.

Silverstone Hospice’s Pathway to 700% Growth During a Pandemic

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Since the company launched in 2020, Founder and CEO Alfonso Montiel had days when he feared Texas-based Silverstone Hospice would not survive. Nearly three years later, Silverstone has grown 700% with no signs of slowing down.

Hospices Face ‘Astronomical’ Costs to Attract and Keep Staff

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Hospices are allocating more financial and operational resources on staffing initiatives than ever before to remain afloat and grow. Recruitment and retention have been top of mind for hospice providers amid ongoing workforce shortages that have only worsened with the pandemic.

From the Trenches: Nurse Practitioner Obiora on Where Hospice Succeeds, What Needs to Change

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In hospice, clinicians in the field have the closest relationships with patients and families, giving them direct insight into their needs and the challenge of providing care when many operators are understaffed.

Florida Awards Chapters Health CON for Pinellas County Expansion

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Florida-headquartered Chapters Health System recently received a green light to advance on expansion plans across the state’s west central coast. In August, post-acute care provider Chapters set its sights on expanding its hospice business into Florida’s Pinellas County.

Hospices Likely to Ramp Up Behavioral Health Investments

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Behavioral health care is a rising star in health care in terms of growth and demand, and the trend is leading some hospices to invest in the space. Several considerations are driving their growing interest.

Community Hospice CEO Philip Ward: Providers Must Rethink Everything

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To manage the changes taking place in hospice and in the larger health care system, Community Hospice & Palliative Care CEO Philip Ward has a mantra: Rethink everything.

Hospice, Palliative Care Providers Leverage Education Programs to Attract and Keep Staff

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Palliative care and hospice providers are enhancing their staff education programs in an effort to better ensure they have a sustainable workforce. In many companies, a changing of the guard is underway.s More millennials are enter the health care workforce as more baby boomers retire.

CMS Final Rule Gives Hospice 3.8% Pay Raise for 2023

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The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will give hospices a 3.8% bump in their per diem payments for 2023, according to a final rule published today. The reimbursement increase is larger than the 2.7% the agency initially proposed for next year.

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OIG Rolls Provider Relief Fund Audits for Hospices

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The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently began to probe hospices in its initial phase of Provider Relief Fund (PRF) audits.

Kain Capital Forms New Hospice Holdings Company, Makes First Acquisition

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Kansas City-based Hospice Care of America (HCA) was recently acquired by a newly formed holdings company established by the private equity firm Kain Capital LLC. Financial details of the transaction were undisclosed.

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Social Workers Leaving Hospice, Health Care in Record Numbers

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Hospice have lost social worker employees at a faster rate than any health care setting in the care continuum. . Social workers have left the health care field at record-high rates during the pandemic, according to data from the Peterson-Kaiser Family Foundation Health System Tracker.

Hospice Leaders Call for Overhaul on Regulation

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Hospice providers are calling on regulators to change their approaches to enforcement due to the cost burden and the unpredictable nature of the dying process. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the U.S

Enhabit Battles Workforce Pressures, Stays Bullish on Hospice M&A

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Enhabit Home Health & Hospice (NYSE: EHAB) slowed its growth trajectory during the third quarter due to labor headwinds and some state licensing delays for its de novos. The t home health and hospice provider spun off from Encompass Health (NYSE: EHC) in July.

How an Advance Care Planning Bill Could Impact Hospice and Medicare

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Recent federal advance care planning legislation could give health care providers and policymakers a greater girth of goal-concordant care at the end of life, but may face opposition due to potential costs. Last week U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner (D-Va.)

Justice Department Indicts 3 Suspects on Hospice, PPP Fund Fraud

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The U.S. Justice Department has indicted three individuals who are linked to California hospices on alleged False Claims Act violations, among other charges.

MA Palliative Care Benefits See Little 2023 Growth, But Payer Interest Remains High

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Only 10 new Medicare Advantage (MA) plans will offer home-based palliative care as a primarily health-related benefit for 2023, but payers may be offering those services through other programs.

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As Headwinds Rage, Large Hospice Companies Lay Groundwork for Potential 2023 Growth

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Labor shortages and other headwinds have battered hospices during 2022, including large companies. Some of these providers are making near-term investments that cut into revenue but are expected to pay off in the long run.

Fallout of 2023 Home Health Payment Rule Likely to Affect Hospices

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While home health operators brace for the impact of the meager 2023 reimbursement rates, hospices likewise must prepare for a ripple effect. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently established a 0.7% base rate payment increase for home health care in 2023.

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Hospices Leverage Tech To Combat Staffing Woes

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Hospices are beginning to leverage technologies used to identify eligible patients in need to recruit and retain staff amid ongoing workforce shortages.

Serious Illness Care Quality, Communications Lacking for Black Hospice Patients

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When it comes to communication and quality of care for Black patients, recent data reinforces the notion that hospices have room to grow.

Future Leaders Class of 2022: Shradha Aiyer, Vice President, Axxess

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Shradha Aiyer, vice president of products at Axxess, has been named a 2022 Future Leader by Hospice News. Future Leaders are individuals nominated by their peers.

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HCA Healthcare Launches Hospice, Palliative Care Fellowship Program in Florida

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Nashville-based HCA Healthcare Inc. NYSE: HCA) and the University of Central Florida (UCF) recently added a new graduate fellowship in hospice and palliative care medicine to their existing repertoire of training programs. The program will accept two fellows annually.

Humana Set Sights on Value-Based Expansion Following Kindred Hospice Sale

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As the dust settles from its divestiture of Kindred at Home’s hospice and personal care segments, Humana Inc. NYSE: HUM) seeks to further expand into value-based care as both a provider and a payer. Humana in August completed its $2.8

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Hospice Workers ‘Crave’ Safety, Connection, Efficiency 

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As the hospice labor pool continues to dwindle, employers are seeking to understand what their workers need to continue on in the field.

Empath Health Expands With De Novo, Veterans’ Adult Day Center

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The Florida-based nonprofit Empath Health has expanded with a new multi-service location as well as an adult day center oriented around the needs of veterans. The de novo, located in Florida’s Hillsborough County, initially will house a branch of the Empath affiliate Suncoast Hospice.

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