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 […]

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 […]