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Amedisys Prioritizing Palliative Care Expansion

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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.

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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. We learned a tremendous amount from Contessa and Amedisys around how to scale the palliative care program.

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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. 8, 2005 meeting of health care leaders in South Korea.

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

Hospice News

New CEO Takes Reigns at Sangre de Cristo Community Care Colorado-based Sangre de Cristo Community Care named Melinda Egging as its new CEO. Egging will oversee operations of the hospice, home health and palliative care organization.

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Studies: Virtual Reality Shows Promise in Palliative Care

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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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U.S. Senators Call on CMS to Boost Palliative Care Resources

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, calling for a payment model demonstration designed to support greater access to palliative care. Signatories on the letter included the co-founders of the Senate Comprehensive Care Caucus, U.S.

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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. A key barrier to building that workforce is that most clinicians receive little to no exposure to those types of care during their training.

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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.

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The Case for Integrating Social Determinants Into Palliative Care

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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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Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition Forms in the Northwest

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

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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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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

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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. There are different domains of care that need to be addressed.

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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. Payers, including Medicare, like to see providers reduce the costs of care.

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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. Unity is a family-owned provider established in 1992 that since then has cared for more than 30,000 patients, the company reported.

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Homeland at Home Launches Community-Based Palliative Care Program

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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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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. The post AAHPM Seeks Implementation of Palliative Care Quality Measures appeared first on Hospice News.

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Fixing the Flaws in Palliative Care Laws

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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. This is essential to their organizational growth and to getting suffering patients the care they need.

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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. The Tennessee-based home-based care company provides interdisciplinary services to 30,000 seniors with complex health needs in 28 states. Featured Palliative Care

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

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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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New Research Proposes ‘Sustainable’ Palliative Care Payment Model

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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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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. We often say you can’t change the prognosis, but you can change the way you care for children.”.

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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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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. We have a palliative care path within our home health organization.

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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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‘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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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. NYSE: BKD) health care services segment in a $400 million deal.

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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. The foundation aims to identify and address gaps in the health care continuum to help improve the quality of life for the seriously and terminally ill.

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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. While stakeholders work towards change, providers are developing innovative ways to work with what they have to bring this care to patients in need.

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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). However, during the pandemic the insurance company recognized that serious illness care providers needed additional support.

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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.

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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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Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County Launches Caregiver Education Partnership

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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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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. Hospice providers need the opportunity to reflect the full scope of care provided to patients experiencing serious illness.”.

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Partners In Care, Summit Health Join Forces on Palliative Care

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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.

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

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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. Palliative care eases symptoms and side effects.

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Hospice of Washington County Relocates Offices, Palliative Care Clinic

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Iowa-based Hospice of Washington County is rebuilding and relocating its administrative offices, which also houses the provider’s palliative care clinic. That we take the lessons that we’ve learned along the way and design better systems and frameworks of health care,” wrote Lopez.

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

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Some also see the health care system, including hospices and palliative care providers, starting to settle into a “new normal” after the sea changes that have occurred during the past three years. Susan Ponder- Stansel, CEO, Alivia Care, a nonprofit.

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New Legislation Provides Reimbursement Boost to Community-Based Pediatric Palliative Care

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There’s growing momentum behind the movement to finance serious illness care for children. The Illinois General Assembly recently passed a bill that requires private insurers and Medicaid plans in the state to include a community-based pediatric palliative and hospice benefit.

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Palliative Care Panel: A Discussion with Axxess

Hospice News

This article is based on a Palliative Care conference Q&A with Tina Taylor, Vice President of Palliative Care Compassus and Christina Andrews, Director of Professional Services at Axxess. I am responsible for our national palliative care programs across the nation.

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VA Study Finds 95% Increase in Palliative Care Utilization When Patients Have Access to Social Workers

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Patients are more likely to receive palliative care if they can access social workers through their primary care providers, Veterans Health Administration (VA) research has found. These findings suggest that social workers may increase access to and/or use of palliative care.”.

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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. When we pay claims in lieu of Medicare, we pay the provider that cares for one of our affiliated patients.