Must-Read News: Giving Hospice Accolades

After a long weekend, get a jump-start on your week with our Must-Read News flash. See what headlines caught our eye around the web. Keep reading to see our top stories on all things home health and home care from last week.

The royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was a highlight of the month, and the coupled elected to donate the wedding flowers to hospice patients at St. Joseph’s Hospice in London.

Vice President Joe Biden also recognized the hospice industry in recent weeks, saying hospice nurses “do God’s work”in a speech at an event marking the 70th anniversary of the Visiting Nurse Health System in Atlanta. Biden has several experiences with hospice care, after losing his son, Beau Biden, to brain cancer in 2015, as well as both parents.

Millennials—the generation born between 1980 and 2000—could find themselves stuck with a tough unexpected life event at some point, writes Ann Brenoff in an editorial for The Huffington Post. Millennials are an emerging generation of family caregivers that will find themselves taking on the care of loved ones, potentially causing financial, physical and emotional drain.

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Utah-based health system Intermountain Healthcare has partnered up with Lifesprk, a Minnesota-based in-home care provider, to launch a new private pay home care model, Homespire.

Home care startup company Honor has raised another $50 million in venture funding as the business shifts its model toward becoming a partner network for other home care agencies. Honor, based in California, has raised $115 million to date and is the largest home care provider in the San Francisco Bay area.

As home health giant Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) is growing out its other services lines—hospice and personal care—it is building on its care quality to ensure clinical excellence across its entire platform and achieving higher star ratings from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Written by Amy Baxter

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Amy Baxter
Assistant Editor at Home Health Care News
When not writing about all things home health, Amy fulfills her lifelong dream of becoming a pirate by sailing in regattas and enjoying rum. Fun fact: she sailed 333 miles across Lake Michigan in the Chicago Yacht Club "Race to Mackinac."

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