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Amedisys Prioritizing Palliative Care Expansion

Hospice News

Expanding its palliative care business is a rising priority for Amedisys Inc., The company’s palliative care strategy rests on the back of risk-based payment models, primarily Medicare Advantage, Kusserow indicated at the J.P.

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Behind Amedisys’ Embrace of At-Risk Palliative Care

Hospice News

NASDAQ: AMED) CEO Paul Kusserow, risk is an opportunity, particularly when it comes to palliative care. The growing prominence of palliative care — and the accompanying investments — may seem counterintuitive at first blush given the reimbursement environment. For Amedisys, Inc.,

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World Hospice and Palliative Care Day Raises Global Awareness

Hospice News

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.

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Studies: Virtual Reality Shows Promise in Palliative Care

Hospice News

More providers are investing in virtual reality (VR) programs as a growing body of research shows that it can ease pain symptoms and improve outcomes for palliative care patients. VITAS is among the hospice and palliative providers that have integrated VR into care delivery.

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Hospices Leverage Partnerships to Scale Palliative Care Programs

Hospice News

Limited pathways to reimbursement and workforce shortages are the largest hurdles for growth among community-based palliative care programs. We learned a tremendous amount from Contessa and Amedisys around how to scale the palliative care program.

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Sangre de Cristo Taps New CEO, YoloCares Names Palliative Care Director

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Egging will oversee operations of the hospice, home health and palliative care organization. She served as director of compliance for Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care from 2001 to 2009.

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Palliative Care Needs a Defined Scope to Expand Access, Reimbursement

Hospice News

A primary barrier for patient and family access to palliative care is a lack of standardized definition and payment mechanism. Some value-based payment models incorporate palliative care elements. Patients don’t have to be that sick to benefit from palliative care.

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More Medical Schools Investing in Palliative Care Education

Hospice News

Palliative care education programs are gaining speed regionally, leading some to hope for a “domino effect” that would spur further growth. In response to growing need, more educational and academic institutions have been creating new pathways for hospice and palliative care clinical training.

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Palliative Care Model Well-Suited for ‘Long COVID’ Patients

Hospice News

Patients suffering from long COVID stand to benefit if health care providers integrate palliative care principles into their approach to treating the disease. The lack of a robust reimbursement structure for interdisciplinary palliative care creates barriers to access.

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Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition Forms in the Northwest

Hospice News

Providers across seven northwestern states have formed a coalition aimed at overcoming barriers to pediatric hospice and palliative care. There is a need to support pediatric hospice and palliative care programs throughout the U.S.

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CMMI Working on Payment Models That Include Palliative Care

Hospice News

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) is developing new reimbursement pathways for palliative care. “Aspects of MCCM are being used in the development of new CMS Innovation Center models related to palliative care,” the center indicated in the white paper.

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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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The Case for Integrating Social Determinants Into Palliative Care

Hospice News

Individually, palliative care and social determinants programs both have the potential to improve quality of life and reduce costs — but that potential may be greater when the two are combined. MA plans can also offer palliative care as a supplemental benefit for qualifying patients.

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AAHPM Seeks Implementation of Palliative Care Quality Measures

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The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) has released an implementation guide for two patient-reported palliative care quality measures. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) supported the three-year Palliative Care Measures Project through a $5.5

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New Research Proposes ‘Sustainable’ Palliative Care Payment Model

Hospice News

A group of researchers have modified a proposed reimbursement system for palliative care that they say would improve access for patients and make the service more lucrative for providers. The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) in 2017 proposed that the U.S.

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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.

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Palliative Care Providers Get Creative to Boost Utilization

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While a critical service for patients with serious illnesses, palliative care is vastly underutilized nationwide. Lacking public awareness and patient misconceptions are among the leading causes for lagging palliative care utilization.

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Payers to CMMI: We Need a Standardized Definition for Palliative Care

Hospice News

A group of health plans, policymakers, and insurance companies recently told the Center for Medicare & Medicare Innovation (CMMI) that they needed a standardized definition for palliative care in order to improve access. First, it’s not just one provider who is delivering palliative care.

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Homeland at Home Launches Community-Based Palliative Care Program

Hospice News

Pennsylvania-based Homeland at Home recently added community-based palliative care to its repertoire of services in response to rising demand for this care. Homeland previously provided facility-based palliative services and is now stepping into the home.

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Providers Leverage Efficiency to Boost Palliative Care ROI

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Palliative care providers are seeking ways to improve efficiency as costs rise and the limited avenues for reimbursement remain unchanged. They also work with a few payers who offer standardized reimbursement for palliative care, according to Hamilton.

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Comparing Palliative & Hospice Care

AT Home Care & Hospice

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.

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Unity Hospice & Palliative Care Expands to Texas

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Illinois-headquartered Unity Hospice & Palliative Care has expanded to Houston, Texas, following its acquisition of an existing license in that market. The post Unity Hospice & Palliative Care Expands to Texas appeared first on Hospice News.

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George Mark Children’s House Launches Pediatric Palliative Nurse Training Program

Hospice News

George Mark Children’s House (GMCH) recently unveiled a pilot training program that aims to grow the pediatric palliative care nursing workforce, in partnership with The California State University (CSU) Shiley Haynes Institute for Palliative Care.

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How ‘Responsiveness’ Became a Watchword for Prospero’s Growing Palliative Care Business

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Prospero Health has leveraged education and responsiveness to grow its palliative care business. But achieving those outcomes required all stakeholders to have a shared understanding of what they meant by “palliative care.” Featured Palliative Care

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Palliative Researcher Oliver: Family Caregivers Are Also Patients

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Debra Parker Oliver, a professor in the division of palliative medicine at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. She recently spoke about her work at the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) annual conference.

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From Sea to Shining Sea: State Palliative Care Laws Yield Mixed Results

Hospice News

Stretching back more than a decade, a rising number of states have passed laws designed to raise awareness of hospice and palliative care, but to date, few if any have achieved measurable results. Palliative care does that. Five flavors of palliative care laws.

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Canada’s Top 3 Questions About Palliative Care and a Palliative Approach

Life & Death Matters

What are Canadians asking about palliative care? We were curious to know what Canadians are asking or wanting to know about palliative care and a palliative approach. Hospice Palliative Care Canadian Palliative Approach PSWs

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‘A Big Part of Our Future’: As the Case for Palliative Care Builds, New Programs Launch

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New research is carving out the case for palliative care investment as more hospices dive into this growing market. Additionally, the palliative care patients spent 71% fewer total days in the hospital prior to death. palliative care market will reach $78.50

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Fixing the Flaws in Palliative Care Laws

Hospice News

State laws passed during the last 10 years to promote palliative care have had little impact to date, according to sources interviewed by Hospice News. A hospice- and palliative care-themed license plate may not result in Medicaid coverage or improved Medicare reimbursement models.

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Lack of Payment, Training Curtail Pediatric Palliative Care

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Children who have life-limiting illnesses need palliative care as much as adults, but a slough of obstacles often prevents them from getting it. Palliative care programs are difficult to sustain across the board, largely due to the lack of a robust reimbursement model.

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Hospice, Palliative Care Groups Call for Telehealth Codes on Medicare Claims

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A coalition of hospice and palliative care industry groups has urged lawmakers to make billing codes for telehealth available on Medicare hospice claim forms. The post Hospice, Palliative Care Groups Call for Telehealth Codes on Medicare Claims appeared first on Hospice News.

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ACO Partnerships Could Open Doors for Palliative Care Providers

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Exploring partnerships with Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) may help palliative care providers grow and sustain their programs, but they would need to prioritize cost effectiveness and their capacity to receive new patients. .

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HAP Foundation Launches to Research and Advance Hospice, Palliative Care

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The foundation is an independent, nonprofit hospice and palliative care research and advocacy organization. It will serve as a hospice and palliative care “education and training hub” for patients, families, providers, and other stakeholders, according to the HAP Foundation.

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HCA Healthcare Launches Hospice, Palliative Care Fellowship Program in Florida

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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. Nashville-based HCA Healthcare Inc.

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Providers Navigate Fragmented Payment System To Bring Palliative Care to Patients

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The United States lacks a robust reimbursement system for palliative care. The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation has also included palliative care elements within the value-based insurance design model demonstration.

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AccentCare CMO Loengard: Palliative Care a ‘Huge Opportunity’

Hospice News

Home-based care provider AccentCare has been busy since its merger with Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care, exploring new technologies and care delivery strategies, as well as expanding business lines. I do think that there’s just a huge opportunity around palliative care generally.

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Psyence, Newcourt Deal Would Create New Palliative Care Psychedelics Company

Hospice News

A new, publicly traded company devoted to exploring the use of psychedelics in palliative care is in development. The funding from this transaction will enable us to execute our early-stage development program in palliative care.”.

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Children’s Health Foundation Develops Pediatric Palliative Care Training Program

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is launching a pediatric palliative care professional training program at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center (OUHSC). The post Children’s Health Foundation Develops Pediatric Palliative Care Training Program appeared first on Hospice News.

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Why weave a palliative approach through core curriculum?

Life & Death Matters

We know that all healthcare providers need to meet the basic competencies for integrating a palliative approach into care. But, we hear that students are anxious about providing palliative care and learning to care for the body after death. We […] The post Why weave a palliative approach through core curriculum? Lesson Plans Palliative Care Education Teaching Resources palliative care Teaching

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Massachusetts Ramping Up Pediatric Palliative Care Funding

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million in the state’s 2023 fiscal year budget to support pediatric palliative care access. The funding is intended to support expanded palliative care services for seriously and terminally ill children amid rising demand. million towards pediatric palliative care, a rise from $2.6

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Through Education and Collaboration Hospices Can Help Shape Value-Based Palliative Care

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Palliative care packs a small but meaningful punch in the value-based payment arena. . To successfully negotiate value-based contracts, hospices will need to educate payers about the value of palliative care, according to J.

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CHRISTUS, Texas Palliative Care Team Up to Deliver Serious Illness Care

Hospice News

Texas Palliative Care and CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Health recently formed a partnership to expand access to serious illness care for patients and families in growing need. Through the partnership, the two organizations will employ a multidisciplinary approach to palliative care delivery.

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Partners In Care, Summit Health Join Forces on Palliative Care

Hospice News

Partners In Care has formed a strategic partnership with the primary and urgent care provider Summit Health aimed at increasing access to palliative care in Central Oregon. Summit Health offers primary, urgent and specialty care services, including palliative care.