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.

Inpatient Hospice: Better Data, Better Management

Smiling hospice caregiver with patient

Managing a hospice inpatient unit can be an exercise in frustration, even if the goal is to break even. But a focus on standardization and a strong data component can simplify this job considerably. At Horizon Home Care & Hospice … Continue Reading

Conquering the Hospice Item Set

Hospice nurse consulting with a patient on a tablet

The importance of timing cannot be overlooked in the efficient running of a hospice organization, and that’s especially true when it comes to the Hospice Item Set (HIS). In fact, a misunderstanding over timing led to quite a few hospices … Continue Reading

Exploring Palliative and End-of-Life-Care Quality Measures

New Hospice Quality Measures

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been clear about its goals for hospice, which are being implemented in part through the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP). It already has implemented several metrics. Some of them are National … Continue Reading

In Case of an Emergency…

Emergency Response Vehicle

No matter where your home care or hospice organization is located, you face the possibility of natural disasters that would require moving patients under your care. The Emergency Preparedness Rule, which went into effect in November 2017, aims to ensure … Continue Reading

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