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.


Hospice: Improving Care at the End of Life


Hospices in the U.S. now serve nearly 1.5 million Medicare beneficiaries each year, providing pain management and support for terminally ill patients and their families. They focus on care, not a cure. But as hospice care grows, questions about quality are increasing. Dr. Joanne Lynn, one of the first hospice physicians in the U.S., is currently director of the program to improve eldercare at Altarum, a nonprofit health care consultancy. In this lightly edited conversation with Associate Editor Mary Kane, Lynn explains hospice’s evolution and challenges ahead.


Co-Location with Home Health Fueling LHC Group Hospice Growth


LHC Group Inc. plans to aggressively grow its hospice business through mergers and acquisitions and de novos, with a focus on co-locating hospice operations in markets where they already have an established home health presence, the company’s Chief Financial Officer Josh Proffitt told attendees at the Baird 2019 Healthcare Conference in New York. Bi-locating and tri-locating hospice with other holdings allows the company to establish a relationship with the patient that can extend throughout the continuum of care from home health and home- and community-based services to hospice, when appropriate.


How Patient-Centered Care is Shaping Provider Health IT Strategy


Just as health IT has shaped much of the healthcare industry’s biggest changes, the shift toward patient-centered care has likewise influenced the practice management tools providers lean on. Patient portals, digital appointment scheduling, online bill pay, and telehealth have all emerged as key tools in the clinical space, according to a recent report from the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA). These technologies help not just to manage practice operations but also to engage patients in their own care and to ease patient experience.


Elderly Care Market Competitive Analysis by 2025: Kindred Healthcare, Brookdale, Encompass Health, Genesis, Interim HealthCare Inc., Extendicare Inc., LHC Group, Compassus and Philips Benelux


The global elderly care market is segmented based on products type into two segments; housing and assistive devices and pharmaceuticals. In 2018, housing and assistive devices products segment is valued to rule with the highest market share 2025, rising at the highest CAGR of 6.6%.The Elderly Care market report is a synopsis about how is the market status right now and how will it be in the forecast years for ABC industry. The report gives details about the top players and brands that are driving the market. Also, Elderly Care market report gives an in-depth knowledge on what the recent developments, products launches are, while also keeping the track for recent acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures and competitive research in the global market industry.