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Palliative care is a foundational principle of medicine that dates back to caregivers who understood the need to relieve a person’s suffering. In modern times, palliative care has become part of the broader healthcare continuum and is practiced in acute and community-based settings. Through the Hospice Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID)... Keep Reading
The shift to the new ̲app Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model can seem overwhelming. Deciphering reports to understand the impact of HHVBP isn’t easy but it can be done by understanding how scores are calculated. In fact, by using individualized plans of care and the 4M framework, it’s possible to... Keep Reading
Home health providers are still digesting the fallout from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 2024 ̲app Final Rule released on November 1. The rule brought a mix of good and bad news that will have a lasting impact on the industry and the ability for patients... Keep Reading
Palliative care is often unique to each provider rather than a ‘one size fits all’ model. However, collaboration and coordination are essential to providing quality palliative care for people facing serious illness or end-of-life care. And when working with partners, it is also important to ensure the work that’s being... Keep Reading
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) introduced the Hospice Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) model to help patients experience a smooth transition to end-of-life care, ensuring that patient-centered needs are met by hospice providers. This model also ensures that Medicare Advantage (MA) plans are financially responsible for hospice services.... Keep Reading
Data security in healthcare is critical to keep organizations compliant and maintain the trust of patients and their families. Breaches can bring costs that include literal dollars (ransomware, fines, legal fees, etc.) and less tangible but still important expenses (reputation, trust, etc.). The healthcare industry is, by now, quite familiar... Keep Reading
Home-based care has come a long way since 2020. But for the industry to rise to the next level and better leverage innovative technologies, a greater degree of interoperability is needed, according to Tim Ingram, executive vice president of interoperability at ̲app. In this Future in Focus interview, ̲app Care... Keep Reading
Hospice care has historically been grounded in person-to-person communication without a heavy reliance on technology. However, drastically increased hospice utilization and the pandemic-driven adoption of technology across health care settings have transformed the landscape entirely. In order to stay competitive in a rapidly changing, tech-forward hospice environment, many providers are seeking... Keep Reading
All healthcare organizations are collecting immense amounts of data, but very rarely are providers using it to its fullest potential. Hospice, with its high-touch nature, is no exception, and providers who optimize the use of their data can gain critical insights that aid in every aspect of care delivery. As business... Keep Reading
Staffing is the biggest pain point in the industry today and will continue to pose challenges in the upcoming years. As home-based care organizations grapple with fewer staff and rising demands, many are turning to technology to help ease the burden. To better understand the drivers, trends and opportunities around the... Keep Reading
As the hospice landscape shifts and hospice care is delivered more widely, another care type has made entry into the conversation: palliative care. However, unlike hospice services, which have a distinct payment model supported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), palliative care has less established infrastructure for... Keep Reading
Hospice providers digesting the recent FY 2024 final rule saw an increase in per diem payments but it wasn’t enough to match the rise in inflation. And as the saying goes, “the devil is in the details” because the 3.1% increase comes with a caveat. Wage index calculations are just... Keep Reading

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