PREMIUM CONTENT How do anti-kickback statutes apply if providers or Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs) are involved in referral arrangements and receive any type of federal or state funds? Attorney Elizabeth Hogue breaks it all down.
CMS released a data snapshot of COVID-19 hospitalizations, length of stay, and discharge status for 109,607 patients. Payer sources include Fee-for-service (FFS) claims data, Medicare Advantage (MA) encounter data, and Medicare enrollment information.
Are health care systems, patients, and families prepared for tough conversations and decisions about health care preferences and medical interventions?
The Bipartisan Act (BBA) of 2018 Act updated the hospital transfer policy for early discharges to hospice care. The law required that, beginning in FY 2019, discharges to hospice care would qualify as a post-acute care transfer and be subject to payment adjustments.
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission recommended that Congress reduce the payments for Home Health by 7% in 2021.
For the first time since the early 20th century, the home has become the common place among American’s dying of natural causes.
PREMIUM CONTENT Sharp HealthCare pre-hospice program called Transitions, is designed to give elderly patients the care they want at home and keep them out of the hospital.
Cancer accounts for less than one-half of all hospice admissions. Here is a list of the top 13 diagnoses for admissions to hospice care.
PREMIUM CONTENT Multidisciplinary teams across the care continuum work each day to determine the best ways to identify the highest risk patients.
Payers and Alternative Payment Models (APMs) are turning to palliative care programs as a way to offer value-based end-of-life care.
Increasing hospice services can reduce hospital admissions among all residents of a nursing home, including those not enrolled in hospice.
PREMIUM CONTENT Palliative care focuses on relieving patients’ stress, pain and other symptoms as their health declines, and it helps them maintain their quality of life.
In a large cohort study, hospice visits in the last 2 days of life by professional staff varied by race, hospice program, and geographic region.
Despite recommendations to the contrary, only about half of elderly patients with advanced cancer receive palliative care.
A new guidance statement to define high-quality primary palliative care delivery in medical oncology has been developed by ASCO and AAHPM.
Spending on Medicare beneficiaries in their last year of life accounts for about 25% of total Medicare spending on beneficiaries age 65 or older.
Four key trends in hospice care are contributing to a paradigm shift and impacting the future of Medicare hospice providers and other providers.
Highmark offers unique palliative care services to its Medicare Advantage members and supports hospital palliative care through value-based contracts.
The ACO model has the right incentives to reduce variation, spur innovation, and improve quality in end-of-life (EOL) care
PREMIUM CONTENT A home-based palliative care program tested within an ACO showed cost savings and reduced hospital admissions for patients near the end of life.