House Bill to Support Hospice Training Moves Closer to Vote

Legislation aimed at raising awareness and increasing the quality of hospice and palliative care is steadily finding its way through Capitol Hill. U.S. Rep. Tom Reed (R-New York) announced on Tuesday that the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA) has made it out of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee and […]

OIG Puts the Pressure On as Hospice Fraud Cases Pile Up

In March 2018, Health and Palliative Services of the Treasure Coast and two of its businesses paid $2.5 million to settle a False Claims Act (FCA) case related to hospice billing. A month later, Horizons Hospice agreed to pay more than $1.2 million to resolve allegations that the company fraudulently billed Medicare and Medicaid for services to patients […]

What Hospice Care Looks Like in America

Hospice care is a growing sector of the health care system, and more older Americans are using the Medicare benefit than ever before. However, recent studies have shown that hospice care is used only at the very end of life, most often in the last two weeks of life, rather than for its full, six-month […]

Hospice Shifts from Home to Hospital

People’s homes became a less common setting for end-of-life hospice care last year, while the amount of hospice services provided in acute care hospitals and other facilities increased, according to a recently released report from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Overall, about 59% of hospice patients in 2014 were in their place of […]

Growing Regulatory, Financial Concerns Push Home Health Consolidations

As more regulatory pressures force consolidation among the health care industry as a whole, home health and hospice providers also are feeling the heat — joining forces to better compete in today’s evolving landscape. Most recently, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, better known as UPMC, announced it would be bringing Family Hospice & Palliative Care […]

Hospice Services Increasing Fastest in Nursing Home Setting

Hospice services in nursing homes are increasing at a faster pace than in any other care setting, according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s (NHPCO) latest report. As the average life expectancy in the U.S. rises, so too does the number of individuals who die of chronic diseases and require long-term care. Last […]

New Online Tool Aims to be Go-To Hospice Guide

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is making it easier for families to search for hospice providers through a new resource tool.  The free worksheet “Choosing a Quality Hospice,” available on NHPCO’s Moments of Life website, gives patients and families answers to questions they should consider when choosing a hospice.  For example, one of the questions […]

Hospice Advocates Unite for Two-Day Rally on Capitol Hill

More than 240 hospice advocates have converged on Capitol Hill Tuesday, in efforts to call on Congress to temporarily halt implementation of CMS actions they say are leaving hospice patients without medications they need at the end of life.  The campaign is spearheaded by the Hospice Action Network (HAN) and the National Hospice and Palliative […]