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.

NHPCO Introduces My Hospice Campaign to Highlight Value of Hospice Care

At their annual Management and Leadership Conference, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization today launched a new advocacy campaign to reinforce the value of the Medicare hospice benefit among policy and healthcare decision makers to foster a policy environment that will support patient access to high quality, comprehensive hospice and palliative care. As Medicare’s first coordinated care model, hospice is one of the few sectors that demonstrates how healthcare can – and should – work at its best for its patients, offering a successful model for expanding access to person-centered, integrated care to all patients with serious, advanced and life-limiting illness, and their caregivers.

Home Healthcare Providers' Infection Prevention Efforts Hampered by Dearth of Data, Tools

Bayada Home Health Care had to go it alone when it developed infection control and prevention protocols for its clinicians. Unlike the numerous infection prevention resources available to hospitals and nursing homes, there isn't much published guidance for home health providers on how to best protect patients from infections. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hasn't published infection control guidelines specific to the home health industry even though such resources are available for acute-care and long-term care providers.

Amedisys Home Health and Hospice Care (AMED) Expected to Post Quarterly Sales of $396.66 Million

Equities analysts expect Amedisys Home Health and Hospice Care (NASDAQ:AMED) to report sales of $396.66 million for the current quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Six analysts have issued estimates for Amedisys Home Health and Hospice Care’s earnings, with the highest sales estimate coming in at $403.67 million and the lowest estimate coming in at $392.50 million. Amedisys Home Health and Hospice Care reported sales of $370.46 million in the same quarter last year, which would indicate a positive year over year growth rate of 7.1%. The company is expected to report its next earnings results on Tuesday, May 1st.

How 3 Leading Pediatric Health Systems are Harnessing Telehealth to Transform Care

As hospitals and health systems leverage technology to improve patient care, particularly for rural populations with limited provider access, three leading pediatric health systems partnered with American Well, the nation's largest telehealth operator, to transform pediatric care delivery. In an April 18 webinar sponsored by American Well and hosted by Becker's Hospital Review, Ali Hyatt, vice president of marketing at American Well, joined leaders from Children's Health of Dallas, Children's Hospital & Medical Center of Omaha (Neb.) and Florida-based provider group Pediatric Associates to discuss how their organizations are revamping pediatric care practices through American Well's telehealth service.