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 […]

Obama Applauded for Remarks on Quality of Care for Seniors

Amid the variety of topics President Obama discussed in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, the Commander in Chief did touch on the need to address the rising cost of health care.   Acknowledging rising costs of health care are the biggest driver of the nation’s long-term debt, Obama expressed that those who care […]

At End of Life, Seniors Still Accepting Aggressive Care

Hospice and palliative care services enable a growing majority of seniors the comfort of living out their last days at home, but many have not yet turned away from receiving more aggressive forms of care before death. There’s no doubt that hospice care has been gaining popularity over the years. The percentage of patients ages […]

Halcyon Health Completes South Georgia Hospice Acquisition

Growing health hospice and home health care company Halcyon Health continued its expansion efforts this month with the acquisition of Valdosta, Georgia-based Grace Hospice.  The transaction marks Halcyon’s first hospice acquisition in South georgia. Based in the southeastern U.S., the company completed its first two acquisitions in 2011 covering more than 40 counties in North […]

Ensign Expands Hospice Services West Through Two Acquisitions

The Ensign Group (NASDAQ: ENSG) has expanded its services in Arizona and California through the acquisitions of two hospice companies this month.  Through the purchases of Mesa, Arizona-based Emblem Hospice and Pasadena, Calif.-based Vesper Hospice, the company is continuing to broaden its reach in hospice services across several states.  “We are pleased with the measured […]

Medicare Cracking Down on Hospice Industry: Kaiser

Medicare is beginning to crack down on one industry with a strong emphasis on home care: hospice. The level of scrutiny on the industry is increasing, according to J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, in a Kaiser Health News article. The Office of the Inspector General’s 2013 […]

Michigan Home Health Provider Buys Accredited 20-Year-Old Hospice

Detroit-based Karmanos Cancer Institute has sold its 20-year old hospice program to Residential Home Health in Madison Heights, Michigan for an undisclosed price, reports Crain’s Detroit.  Under the agreement, Residential has agreed to deliver transitional nursing services at Karmanos’ inpatient and outpatients locations, while also providing a rang of post-acute care services.  With the acquisition […]

NY Times: Hospice Reform Calls for Better Care, Not Cost

End-of-life hospice and palliative care will continue to experience demand as long as Americans age and die every year. That is just a fact of life New York Times mentions in an article, spotlighting that changes to hospice services should rely on enhancing the quality of care provided rather than the costs of services provided.  […]