Home Care and Hospice Advocates Applaud Fiscal Cliff Outcome

Home health care escaped the fiscal cliff unscathed with President Obama’s signing of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, prompting a sigh of relief among many fearing across-the-board spending cuts. Upon Obama’s passing of the bill, President of the National Association of Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) Val J. Halamandaris expressed his praise for […]

Study: Hospice Enrollment Policies Roadblock Care

WIth hospice care rising 53% from 2000-2010, roughly 98% of the U.S. population lives close enough to a hospice to receive care, according to a recent study published by Health Affairs. Although hospice services will continue experiencing demand from Americans dying each year from terminal illnesses, restrictive enrollment policies prevent many patients from receiving hospice […]

Hospice Demand Not Pumping the Brakes Any Time Soon: Study

The demand for hospice care among seniors shows no signs of slowing down, with a direct correlation between the demand for hospice care and average lifespan. As the number of people who pass away due to progressive diseases increases, so has the need for longer, more sustained care, according to a recent study conducted by the National […]

Hospice Payments to Rise 0.9%, CMS Says

A net 0.9% increase in hospice payments will begin October 1, Centers for Medicare And Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in a home hospice wage index notice posted Tuesday.  The impact of this new rule is projected to decrease federal payments to hospices by $100 million in fiscal year (FY) 2013. Previously when introducing new rules, CMS has […]