Home Health & Hospice Weekly News Roundup

Our weekly list of news, reports, and information about home health and hospice care. Learn about new studies, trends, CMS regulations and more.

Amedisys to Present at the Jefferies 2019 Healthcare Conference

Amedisys, Inc. (AMED), one of America's leading home health, hospice and personal care companies, today announced that Paul B. Kusserow, President and Chief Executive Officer, will present at the Jefferies 2019 Healthcare Conference in New York City, NY on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. The presentation will begin at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time. To access a live webcast of the Amedisys presentation, please log on through our website at http://investors.amedisys.com.

Brookdale Highlights the Keys to Its Q1 Performance

On the heels of a strong Q1 2019 performance attributed to an improved sales cycle and growth, Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD) highlighted some of its operational outcomes Tuesday for a conference of investors. During a presentation at the RBC Capital Markets Global Healthcare Conference in New York City, Brookdale CEO Cindy Baier shared her insights into the drivers behind the Brentwood, Tennessee-based senior housing owner and operator’s Q1 performance, as well as some possible additional avenues for future growth.

Talking about Death: Now That It Pays, How to Do It Well

Medicare recently began paying for advance care planning (ACP) conversations. Many physicians, however, may have a shortage of the training needed to excel with these encounters, which involve exploring a patient’s end-of-life health values, discussing relevant treatment options and then developing a plan and communicating it to loved ones and care teams. Physician experts recommend ways to incorporate this essential component of end-of-life care into standard practice. The AMA Code of Medical Ethics provides guidance on end-of-life care, such as chapter 5, “Opinions on Caring for Patients at the End of Life,” which covers topics such as advance care planning, advance directives and orders not to attempt resuscitation. Following are highlights from an article in AMA Journal of Ethics® (@JournalofEthics) by Carin van Zyl, MD, a palliative care specialist at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine and the Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center, and Dawn M. Gross, MD, PhD, host of the radio show “Dying to Talk.” The article explores the challenges and opportunities in developing formalized outcomes, measurement methods and training for ACP conversation procedures.

Telehealth: A Proactive, Value-Based Solution to the US Physician Shortage

The U.S. population's shifting age demographics have created a need for more proactive care. Three million baby boomers are estimated to reach retirement every year for the next 20 years, according to Advisory Board. Additionally, 33 percent of adults are identified as obese, according to the CDC. Both trends highlight the growing need for chronic illness management and proactively reaching patients before they present at the hospital. Additionally, it is estimated that around 20 percent of patients live in areas with an insufficient number of primary care physicians. A more striking number comes from the Association of American Medical Colleges which projects there will be a shortage of 45,000 primary care physicians by 2020. When considering the nation's changing demographics and imminent physician shortage, which some hospitals are already experiencing, it's clear the current model of healthcare delivery is unsustainable. These trends are contributing to the growing popularity of telemedicine and virtual care visits. During a May 16 webinar presented by Becker's Hospital Review and sponsored by NTT Data, Jordana Bernard, director of policy and public affairs at InTouch Health; Atul Kichambare, global solutions leader for NTT Data; and Christian Dye, senior management consultant at NTT Data, discussed the growing demand for telemedicine and how providers can get reimbursed for the virtual services provided.