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How Hospice, Behavioral Health May Cross Paths

Hospice News

Hospice and behavioral health care could increasingly intersect in coming years as demand for specialized care grows. The hospice market is expected to nearly double in the next decade, reaching $64.7 Other hospices have gone as far as acquiring behavioral health businesses.

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What Terminating the COVID PHE Means for Hospices

Hospice News

To a certain extent, hospices will soon be operating under pre-pandemic rules in a “post-COVID” world. Hospice and palliative care providers have long prepared for the end of the PHE, and we believe they will manage the transition seamlessly,” Marcantonio told Hospice News in an email. “It’s

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Hospice News’ Top 10 Stories of 2022

Hospice News

In 2022, the hospice community laid the groundwork for a transformational 2023. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) developed new approaches for enforcing hospice regulations that will become effective on Jan. 2 For-Profit or Nonprofit, Hospice Is Not a ‘Hustle’ (Dec.

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Hospices Work to Recruit More Volunteers Before COVID PHE Ends

Hospice News

The number of hospice volunteers plunged during the first two years of the pandemic, and many are still working to rebuild their ranks. Many hospices saw volunteer volumes dip drastically as they suspended activities during the pandemic.

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Key Trends That Will Shape the Hospice Industry in 2023

Hospice News

Most hospices are sliding into 2023 between a rock and a hard place, beset by headwinds, labor shortages and questions with no easy answers. Government oversight of hospice providers will tighten during 2023. A coalition of hospice industry organizations recently urged the U.S.

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Three Key Gauges of Hospice Business Performance

Hospice News

Today’s health care environment is flooded with data, but hospice leaders should include three types of indicators in mind as they assess their performance. Debbie Johnston, founder, Ask Nurse Debbie and Serenity First Hospice, author of The Hospice Handbook.

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New York Governor Vetoes Bill to Limit For-Profit Hospices

Hospice News

Kathy Hochul (D) has vetoed legislation that would have effectively banned new, for-profit hospices in the state. It would have prohibited the establishment of for-profit hospices in New York state and forbid current for-profit operators from increasing capacity. . New York Gov.

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Hospices Expanding Services for the Veteran Population

Hospice News

population, and hospices are developing more programs and resources to address their unique needs. These patients have unique mental, physical and socioeconomic needs when they come to hospice, according to Dr. Faith Protsman, VITAS regional medical director in California. “So

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Enhabit Appoints General Counsel; The Denver Hospice Gets New Medical Director

Hospice News

Home health and hospice provider Enhabit, Inc. The company’s more than 10,000 employees provide care from 105 hospice and 252 home health locations in 34 states. Enhabit plans to open 10 hospice de novos each year in its existing home health markets. ALC Hospice Care Names COO.

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Bristol Hospice Appoints Alex Mauricio as New CEO

Hospice News

Alex Mauricio, president and chief strategy officer for Bristol Hospice, has taken the helm as CEO. Salt Lake City-based Bristol Hospice, a portfolio company of the private equity firm Webster Equity Partners, employs more than 3,000 staff in more than 76 locations across 18 states.

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Hospice pioneers

Hospice Volunteering

This is a lovely piece about Margaret Anderson, who founded Ian Anderson House, a hospice in Oakville Ontario 25 years ago. I’d heard of the hospice but never knew the story behind it. She had cared for her husband when he was dying and wanted to make sure that others could have the same kind of care.

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Agape Care Group Acquires GHC Hospice

Hospice News

Hospice provider Agape Care Group has acquired GHC Hospice for an undisclosed sum, furthering the company’s goal of multistate expansion through the Southeast. Our team is excited to welcome the 135 new teammates from GHC Hospice joining Agape Care Group.

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Agape Care’s New M&A VP, New CEO Takes Helm at Community Hospice

Hospice News

The South Carolina-based hospice and palliative care provider is a portfolio company of the private equity firm Ridgemont Equity Partners. It most recently acquired GHC Hospice in a move that expanded its reach in Georgia and South Carolina markets. Trustbridge Names New Hospice CMO.

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For-Profit or Nonprofit, Hospice Is Not a ‘Hustle’

Hospice News

The recent article by the New Yorker and ProPublica that branded “hospice” as a profiteering “hustle” was an outrageous misrepresentation of the provider community. The National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), for instance, filed an amicus brief with the court.

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Hospice Advocacy Groups Call on CMS, Congress to Strengthen Program Integrity Oversight

Hospice News

Four national hospice and senior care industry groups have called on Congress and the U.S. The proposed list of measures outlined in Hospice Program Integrity aimed to create more effective oversight. “A A lot of eyes are looking at hospice at this point in time.

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Systematic Change Needed to Support Family Caregivers of Hospice Patients

Hospice News

Given the critical role of family caregivers in home-based care, hospices have a vested interest in expanding their access to support. And while hospices offer social workers and spiritual care, many families continue to have unmet needs that could impede some patients’ access to hospice.

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Hospices Seek to Improve Health Equity Among Tribal Communities

Hospice News

A lack of culturally inclusive care and mistrust of the health system are contributing to low hospice utilization among Native Americans. Native Americans are the least likely to enroll in hospice among racial and ethnic groups.

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California Hospice Owner Receives 25 Months in Prison for Fraud, Kickbacks

Hospice News

A federal court has sentenced Akop Atoyan, former co-owner of three California home health and hospice agencies, to 25 months in prison for health care fraud and kickback schemes. California for more than a year has been cracking down on hospice fraud.

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Hospices Need a ’Huge Catapult’ to Replenish Workforce

Hospice News

In enacted, the recently reintroduced Palliative Care and Hospice Education Training Act (PCHETA) could make a dent in the recruitment barriers that hospices keep hitting. A late referral often means that the patient will not receive the full benefits of hospice care.

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Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County Launches Caregiver Education Partnership

Hospice News

North Carolina-based Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County (HPCIC) has partnered with a local technical school to develop educational videos for family caregivers. Inpatient care is provided through two locations: the Gordon Hospice House and the S.

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The Fastest Growing US Hospice Companies

Hospice News

Five hospice providers made Inc. They include Texas-headquartered Traditions Health, Bridge Home Health & Hospice and Healthflex Home Health & Hospice, both in California. Bridge Home Health & Hospice crossing state lines. HealthFlex Home Health & Hospice.

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Bristol Acquires Texas-Based Hospice Select

Hospice News

Bristol Hospice has acquired Hospice Select in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for an undisclosed sum. The hospice operates more than 45 locations across 13 states, with EBITDA that exceeds $70 million, according to PE Hub. Demographics are driving demand for hospice in Texas.

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No Easy Answers on Hospice Turnover Costs

Hospice News

Some hospice providers are walking a tightrope as they decide how to invest in recruitment and retention. The costs of recruiting and retention is so baked into our operational and financial cultures that it gets difficult to tease out,” Linton told Hospice News.

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Innovation Keeps Hospice Philanthropy Afloat Despite COVID

Hospice News

Hospices are finding opportunities to bolster their philanthropic fundraising, which took a dip for many organizations due to the pandemic. Some providers, like Maryland- based Hospice of the Chesapeake, were able to swiftly adapt to the changing conditions to keep their programs afloat.

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Hospice, Palliative Care Leaders Foresee a ‘New Normal’ for 2023

Hospice News

Hospice News spoke with a group of industry leaders — from publicly traded companies, private firms and nonprofit organizations — about the major trends and most pressing concerns on their radar as the new year approaches. Croix Hospice, a portfolio company of H.I.G. Croix Hospice.

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Hospice Multiples Unlikely to Drop

Hospice News

A turbulent economy and slight cool-down in deal activity early in the year have led some to question whether the record-high valuations for hospice assets will start to tumble. Thus, these assets have come at a premium in recent years, with hospice multiples r eaching as high as 29x in 2020.

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Hospice the Next Generation: How the Benefit Could Change

Hospice News

The possibility exists that hospice care will change more in the next few years than it has during the previous four decades. The Medicare Hospice Benefit turned 40-years-old in 2022, and in that time the program has remained fundamentally unchanged.

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Hospices Integrating Cultural Competency into Recruitment, Retention

Hospice News

As hospices expand their diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, more are putting cultural competency at the forefront of their hiring, training and educational staffing processes. It’s something that is ingrained in them, and they feel a part of the organization,” Everett told Hospice News.

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Enhabit Acquires Caring Hearts Hospice

Hospice News

Enhabit Home Health and Hospice (NYSE: EHAB) has acquired Texas-based Caring Hearts Hospice for an undisclosed amount, adding four locations to the company’s footprint in the state. About 95 of those locations are hospices, seeing about 13,200 patients annually.

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Hospices Leverage Tech To Combat Staffing Woes

Hospice News

Hospices are beginning to leverage technologies used to identify eligible patients in need to recruit and retain staff amid ongoing workforce shortages. Hospices are now applying those tools to help relieve industry-wide labor pressures.

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Two Hospices Halt Services Amid Staffing Shortages

Hospice News

Two hospices have lost the battle against workforce shortages, with one halting some of its service lines and another shutting down altogether. Hospice and Home Care of Juneau shutters. HHCJ’s volunteer and spiritual care services will continue for hospice patients.

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Hospice VBID: Understanding the 2023 Program Modifications

Hospice News

The hospice component of the value-based insurance design (VBID) model will begin its third year on Jan. Often called the MA hospice carve-in , the voluntary demonstration is designed to assess payer and provider performance related to hospice within Medicare Advantage (MA).

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Comparing Palliative & Hospice Care

Adobe Hospice & Home Health

Understanding Palliative Care Compared to Hospice Care Some older adults and people with serious illnesses, unfortunately, experience the end of life in certain healthcare settings that do not align with their desired wishes. Education & Resources Hospice Care

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Senators Ask CMS for Briefing on Hospice Fraud

Hospice News

Senate’s Comprehensive Care Caucus have asked federal regulators to examine program integrity within the Medicare Hospice Benefit. Arizona had 239 new Medicare-certified hospices appear between 2018 and 2022, representing 52% of all providers in the state. Leaders of the U.S.

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Jet Health Acquires Trio Home Health and Hospice

Hospice News

has acquired Trio Home Health Care and Hospice, growing its reach in the Lone Star State, which is a key focus area for the company. Similar to national trends, demand for hospice is anticipated to climb in Texas. Texas-based Jet Health, Inc.,

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Agrace Hospice Makes Workforce Investments to Support Growing Patient Volume

Hospice News

Wisconsin-based Agrace Hospice & Supportive care is raising employee compensation and expanding their benefits. As with almost every hospice, our single biggest expense is labor — it is front and center,” Sexten told Hospice News. “We

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Hospices Strengthening Ties to Tech, Pharmacy Companies to Support Families, Staff

Hospice News

Hospices are increasingly leveraging technology and pharmaceutical partnerships to better address the needs of patients and families and improve financial and operational efficiencies. Pharmaceuticals are often among hospices’ largest expenses. “I

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Senate Again Takes Up Hospice, Palliative Staffing Bill

Hospice News

have reintroduced the Palliative Care and Hospice Education Training Act (PCHETA), designed to bolster the field’s shrinking workforce with federal support. . Access to high quality palliative and hospice care services is vital for patients and their families,” Capito said in a statement. “As

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Serious Illness Care Quality, Communications Lacking for Black Hospice Patients

Hospice News

When it comes to communication and quality of care for Black patients, recent data reinforces the notion that hospices have room to grow. Additionally, bereaved family members of Black patients rated the quality of communication with hospices as lower than other health care providers.

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St. Croix Hospice Moves Into Indiana with Adaptive Deal

Hospice News

Croix Hospice has been on a quest to conquer the Midwest through acquisitions and de novos. The company today announced its purchase of Adaptive Hospice from Help at Home, which brings St. The hospice provider is a portfolio company of the private equity firm H.I.G.

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Keys to Hospice Employee Engagement

Hospice News

With longstanding labor shortages reaching unprecedented levels, hospices are getting creative on recruitment and retention. Retention is a big issue for all clinical organizations right now,” Jaysen Roa, president and CEO of Avow Hospice told Hospice News.

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Focus Group Study: 30% Believe Hospice Intentionally Hastens Death

Hospice News

About 30% of participants in a recent study said they believe that “hospice intentionally hastens death and the dying process.”. The toolkit identifies new approaches for hospice and palliative care providers to break down barriers of public misperception and apprehension of their services. One key consideration in hospices’ public messaging is that, in today’s media and technology climate, consumers access information quickly and in small doses.

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Angels Care Hospice Expands Services to Fill Regional Gaps

Hospice News

Mansfield, Texas-based Angels Care Hospice has set the ball rolling on expanding to two additional counties, reaching areas that have lacked a provider for more than a decade. There’s a major need for [hospice here,” Angels Care Account Executive Tiffni Bird told local news. “We’re

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