Category Archives: Hospice News

Many opportunities are emerging for hospice organizations to extend the reach of home-based services to more patients. In this hospice news section, clinical directors, administrators and financial executives explore the opportunities amid the business and regulatory challenges they face. Discover the latest industry trends and opportunities for hospice organizations, such as ICD-10 training, end-of-life care and more, in the posts below.

Hospice Dealing with New Rules Regarding Opioids

New Hospice Rules for Opioids

The opioid crisis is forcing many hospices to reexamine their policies toward the prescribing and handling of controlled prescriptions, as well as staying current with laws in their states. Comfort Kits issued to hospice patients often contain controlled substances or … Continue Reading

Making a Business Case for End of Life in ACOs

End-Of-Life Care and ACOs

A new article on the Health Affairs Blog makes a strong case to extend accountable care organizations (ACOs) to include end-of-life (EOL) care. And it begs the question: Is your hospice organization ready to participate in such an organization? Authors … Continue Reading

Reimbursement Hike, Other Changes Coming to Hospice

Reimbursement Hike

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the hospice final rule for FY2018, increasing overall Medicare hospice payments by 1% after adjustments for inflation. The aggregate increase is expected to be $180 million, which follows a 2.1% ($350 … Continue Reading

Electronic CCD Speeds Referral Process, Patient Care

Electronic CCD Speeds Referral Process, Patient Care

Besides providing quality clinical care, how does a home health or hospice organization differentiate itself from competitors and become the first choice among referral sources? The answer is speed—the time required to process and accept a referral so care can … Continue Reading

Survey Shows Views on End-of-Life Care, Death Similar Across Countries

Man Holding Hand of Patient in Hospice Care

Despite geographical and demographic differences, attitudes about end-of-life care and death aren’t that different in the United States compared to Italy, Brazil and Japan, according to a new survey. But Americans are more attuned to the end-of-life wishes of loved … Continue Reading