Hospice Care

Too many hospice patients are receiving antibiotics, and for too long, researchers say

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The prevalence and frequency of antibiotic use among hospice patients is high despite little evidence of effectiveness, researchers say.

OIG: Hospices often out of compliance, need framing

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The Department of Health and Human Services' watchdog arm recently said hospice providers need stronger oversight measures. It also noted more than $5.8 billion in recoveries in fiscal 2013.

Nursing home quality could improve with better palliative care interventions, large-scale trial shows

Nursing home quality could improve with better palliative care interventions, large-scale trial shows

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By following practices that are common in home-based hospice care, nursing homes can improve the comfort and dignity of residents who are dying, according to new study results.

Increased hospice enrollment would save Medicare millions each year, researchers find

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Increasing hospice enrollment would improve care for beneficiaries while saving the Medicare program millions of dollars annually, according to a study in the March issue of Health Affairs.

Advance directives mean more palliative, less costly care, study shows

Advance directives mean more palliative, less costly care, study shows

Individuals with advance directives are more likely to receive palliative care and are less likely to die in a hospital, a new study finds.

Big future ahead for sub-acute healthcare providers offering continuum of care, researchers predict

Big future ahead for sub-acute healthcare providers offering continuum of care, researchers predict

The market for long-term care services is likely to grow at a rate of 5% to 6% per year, a new study finds. Healthcare market research publisher Kalorama estimates the long-term care market in 2010 was $258 billion in its new report, "Long Term Care Market: Nursing Homes, Home Care, Hospice Care, and Assisted Living."

CMS stalls on home health, hospice certification requirements

There will be a three-month delay before the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services enforces a face-to-face meeting requirement for individuals who want hospice services or home health care, the Bureau of National Affairs reported.

Gentiva to acquire hospice provider Odyssey for $1 billion

Home health and hospice provider Gentiva Health Services Inc. plans to acquire hospice provider Odyssey HealthCare Inc. in a transaction valued at more than $1 billion.