New VA Rule Adjusts Home Health and Hospice Provider Payments

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has issued a final rule that amends its payment regulation for non-VA providers to include providers of home health and hospice services.  Effective November 15, 2013, non-Va home health and hospice providers that do not have a negotiated contract with the VA will be paid the lowest Medicare rate […]

Scripps Wins Hospice Bidding War for $16.5 Million

Scripps Health became the owner of a hospice hospital this week after winning a head-to-head bidding war against Sharp HealthCare.  Offering up the winning bid of $16.55 million, Scripps became the owner of the the former San Diego Hospice hospital and eight-acre property in Hillcrest. “We are very pleased to have this facility, which was […]

Kindred Targets More Home Health Acquisitions, Announces New Projects

Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: KND) announced today that it has signed into definitive agreements to build and acquire several home health and hospice businesses. Kindred plans to open a new 120-bed transitional care center in Phoenix, Arizona, on the campus of IASIS Healthcare’s St. Luke’s Medical Center.  The center will specialize in intensive short-term rehabilitation […]

CMS Proposes $180 Million Payment Boost to Hospices Nationwide

Hospices would receive a payment increase of $180 million for fiscal year 2014 under a new proposed rule issued Monday. The payment boost would translate into a 1.1% increase in federal Medicare payments from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), as a result of a 0.7% reduction in wage index changes and a 1.8% […]

Experts See Potential in Hospice M&A Market

Regulatory cutbacks might have cooled M&A activity for traditional Medicare home care businesses, but things might just be heating up on the hospice side. Given the federal sequestration earlier this year and reimbursement cuts playing critical roles in the market’s recent lull, industry experts agree that the home health M&A market will experience smaller scale […]

Joint Effort Introduces College Students to Hospice Care

Students at the University of Notre Dame have been given the opportunity to add a course on hospice care to their curriculums.  The University of Notre Dame and the Center for Hospice Care have teamed up to offer a unique course for ND students called, “Introduction to Hospice and Palliative Care.”  First offered on campus […]

LHC Group Beefs Up Home Health Business with New Acquisition

LHC Group Inc. (NASDAQ: LHCG) continues its strategy of acquiring hospice providers within the company’s home health market with another acquisition. LHC announced that it has acquired the assets of Infirmary Hospice Care in Mobile, Alabama. Current annual revenue for the agency is approximately $2.5 million and will continue  to operate under the Infirmary name throughout […]

Few Dying in Hospice Despite Decline in Hospital Deaths: Study

Despite research finding that most Americans prefer to die in their own homes, more are living their last days in hospital settings, according to a recent study.  Although that number of hospital deaths decreased 8% between 2000-2010, there were still over 700,000 patients who died in the hospital in 2010, according to research from the […]

Inland Hospice and Visiting Nurses of Southern California Announce Merger

Both Inland Hospice and the Visiting Nurses Association Hospice and Palliative Care of Southern California have merged, reports Daily Bulletin. While both non-profit organizations began decades ago with quality initiatives to help individuals in the community die as comfortably as possible, they have decided to continue their same missions with joined forces. Though to the […]

Texas Hospice Provider Partners With CellTrak Technology in Patient Care

A Texas hospice provider has developed a mobile solution to help staff stay connected with compliance and workflow efficiency. “The goal of hospice care is to improve the quality of a patient’s last months by offering comfort, dignity and care in a familiar setting,” Lion said in a statement. To further this mission, Lion Hospice has […]