Palliative Care is Not Just for the Dying

Our very own, Dr. Mulder, recently was interviewed by Nora Macaluso of NextAvenue for an article titled, Palliative Care is Not Just for the Dying.  The article features how the Covid-19 pandemic has shown that palliative care can be valuable for managing the pain and stress of illness, and the importance of a holistic, team-based approach. […]

The Role of Data at the Point of Care in Breaking Down Healthcare’s Silos

Dianne Gray, Chief Innovation & Patient Advocacy Officer Yesterday I received news that a 65-year-old breast cancer patient I worked with had died, leaving behind her 39-year-old daughter, a fiancé, her daughter’s father and her 85-year-old mother. Her healthcare journey provides one more example of the way too many lives end in a fragmented healthcare system […]

How to Reduce the Staffing Shortage with Non-Clinical Care Navigators

Across the country, hospice organizations are competing for clinical staff from the same limited pool of eligible applicants. Even before COVID, demand for clinicians, nurses, and social workers outpaced supply. The pandemic has exacerbated the shortage, resulting in early retirements or resignations from the field to focus on non-patient care areas or different careers altogether. […]

Joining Payer Networks Key to Success for Hospices in Medicare Advantage

The journey toward value-based care remains uncertain, yet impactful for hospice. Providers and payers of all walks are taking a sharper look at hospice as the value-based insurance design (VBID) demonstration project approaches its second year. Hospices need a seat at the bargaining table in order to maintain control of their financial destiny, according to […]

Finding Your Value and Sharing it With Others

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Our very own Robin Stawasz and our client, Kevin Hohnbaum, business development manager at Willamette Valley Hospice, recently co-authored an article entitled: “Finding Your Value and Sharing it With Others” that appears in the Fall 2021 quarterly addition of the NHPCO Newsline newsletter. In the article, they help explain the importance of how hospices should be finding […]

Willamette Valley Hospice & Palliative Care Partners with Acclivity Health and Reliance eHealth Collaborative to Transform Care for Seriously Ill Patients in Oregon

Timely notification of hospital ED visits and admittances means greater collaboration between local health providers July 27, 2021, JACKSONVILLE, FL – Willamette Valley Hospice & Palliative Care, Acclivity Health, and Reliance eHealth Collaborative have partnered to improve care coordination for hospice, palliative, and seriously ill patients in Oregon. Information is not always able to be […]

Value-Based Models Could Promote Palliative Care Integration

Evolving value-based payment models can promote system integration of palliative care, posing risks and opportunities for participating hospice providers.Hospices will need to be proactive in building relationships with payer networks to reap the full benefits of these programs. A growing number of hospices have been diversifying their services to engage patients further upstream and open new revenue […]

4 Reasons Why Hospices Should Consider Participating in Primary Care First

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently unveiled their Primary Care First (PCF) model to improve the quality of care for Medicare patients while reducing costs. PCF consists of two different payment model options and is based on the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus program. This new model will be offered in 26 states and […]

Why Are People Afraid of Hospice?

Acclivity Health’s Chief Innovation and Advocacy Officer explains why patients and families shouldn’t hesitate to seek hospice care. As seriously ill patients near the end of life, it is often suggested that hospice care become part of their health care plan. Unfortunately, patients often enroll in these services too late to reap the full benefits. […]