Hospice Leaders Applaud MA Carve-In Approach — But Also Voice Concerns

Hospice leaders are, for the most part, encouraged by the move to explore a Medicare Advantage (MA) carve-in for hospice through an expanded demonstration. But several questions remain, they caution, with the bulk of them focusing on whether the hospice benefit could somehow be diluted or lessened. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) […]

NYU-Affiliated Aliviado Lands $6.1M for Hospice Dementia Care

Aliviado Health, an initiative run out of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University’s Rory Meyers College of Nursing, has landed $6.1 million to study how hospice patients can benefit from effective dementia care. Announced Monday, the funding news is yet another example of both the demand for hospice and specialized dementia […]

Lawmakers Itching to Expand Medicare Advantage to Hospice

In the nation’s capital, there’s strong momentum to bring hospice benefits into Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. “There is some political inevitability to carving hospice into Medicare Advantage,” said Andrew MacPherson, principal with Washington, D.C.-based Healthsperien, a consulting and legal services firm. MacPherson recently provided a hospice policy update at the annual conference of LeadingAge, an […]