While November’s calendar page contains many holidays, the month-long recognition of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and National Home Care and Hospice Month are important events to celebrate.
Although this past year has raised complex challenges for these care communities, it has also allowed organizations to showcase their flexibility and strength on the national stage. When COVID-19 demanded that hospice, home care and palliative organizations abide by new regulations and restrictions with immediacy, these organizations unflinchingly answered the call.
As a new year breaches the horizon, we’re looking back on advice and forecasts shared by clients and collaborators. These topics range from personal protective equipment to the future of community-based care.
With these insights from leaders, we celebrate the incredible resilience of the hospice, palliative care and home care communities as they strive forward.
Edo Banach, president & CEO, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) on hospice integration
“Hospice has traditionally been a fee-for-service benefit, separate from many of the changes and innovations that have been going on. For better or worse, though, hospice is going to get more integrated into the rest of the system. And there's a huge upside to that: More people can know about [hospice services] and be a part of their overall plan of care.”
Jon Wood, COO/CFO, Big Bend Hospice on tomorrow’s technology
“As we move into palliative care and expand our service lines, I want a technology system that can move with me. That way, I don’t have to buy four or five systems and then manage the interoperability between the systems. I want one solution to support all my lines of business.”
Ernesto Lopez, CEO, Hospice of Washington County on community-based care
“Moving forward, we can expect to see a shift from facility-based care to community-based care. It has to happen because current process systems simply are not sustainable. There will be a greater emphasis on managing people at home safely, reducing the cost of care and reducing the consumption of expensive care.”
Kim Kranz, president, Catholic Home Care & Good Shepherd Hospice Services on partnership
“First, make sure you have the personal protective equipment. Second, make sure you use as much telehealth or remote telehealth monitoring as you possibly can. Third, partner with your physicians. “
Bill Dombi, president, National Association for Home Care (NAHC) on telehealth
“With the advent of telehealth, earlier integration of care in the home is now a reality for pre-acute and acute patients, not just post-acute.”
Kent Anderson, CEO/president, FACHE, Ohio's Hospice on the future of care at home
"We’re going to go from 55 million plus Americans being on Medicare to more than 88 million Americans between now and 2060. The future is the ability to deliver timely care: right patient, right care, right time, to people living at home."
For these community experts, the shifting terrain of hospice, palliative and home care poses opportunity, rather than challenge. As these inspiring communities continue to adapt to best serve the individuals in their care, we continue to be honored to collaborate with them as they progress.
Happy National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and National Home Care and Hospice Month!
Wednesday, September 28 | Value-based Care,Thought Leadership
As the upcoming EVV compliance timeline is quickly approaching, we thought it would be interesting to discover how the initial phase and implementation of EVV has affected managed care organizations (MCOs), and their provider networks. This blog recaps a recent Netsmart webinar that addressed the details of this topic with the talented Dr. Melissa Berdell, Director Fraud, Waste and Abuse at Highmark Wholecare.More
Monday, September 19 | Human Services,Thought Leadership,Value-based Care
In our most recent blog, The Role of Peers and Mutual Support in Alcoholics Anonymous, we discussed the fascinating history of Alcoholics Anonymous and its contributions to today's health care continuum. Evolving in parallel to the mental health peer movement, AA and its affiliate organizations, e.g., Narcotics Anonymous came to identical conclusions about the unique value of mutual support. Join Denny Morrison, as he unpacks how often peers are used, how they are credentialed and how they affect the economics of health care in the United States.More
Monday, September 12 | Post-Acute Care,Thought Leadership,Netsmart in the Community,Legislative/Policy
Ready access to quality home healthcare services is critical to the future of our nation’s healthcare system and the millions receiving these services today. Jen Sherman, community strategist, Netsmart will be a voice for home health providers in Washington D.C. at the upcoming NAHC Advocacy Day and shares why the proposed rate cuts by CMS will leave a devastating negative economic and operational impact on home health and post-acute providers.More