Shiva Akula was convicted ton 23 counts in relation to an extensive health care fraud scheme

NEW ORLEANS—U.S. District Judge Lance Africk sentenced Shiva Akula, age 68, of New Orleans, to 240 months of imprisonment, three years of supervised release and $2,300 in mandatory special assessment fees, in relation to an extensive health care fraud scheme orchestrated by Akula. In November 2023, a federal jury convicted Akula of all 23 counts of his underlying indictment.

With this affiliation, Empath Health will serve one in five Floridians receiving hospice care

LAKEWOOD RANCH & WEST PALM BEACH, Florida—Empath Health announced its official affiliation with Trustbridge and its affiliates, including Hospice of Palm Beach County and Hospice by the Sea. This strategic partnership solidifies Empath Health's position as the largest nonprofit post-acute care organization in Florida, dedicated to providing Full Life Care to the community.

The proposed rule includes a 2.6% payment rate update, regulatory text changes and a proposed implementation of the Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation (HOPE) tool.

WASHINGTON—On March 28, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule (CMS-1810-P) that would update Medicare hospice payments and the aggregate cap amount for fiscal year (FY) 2025 in accordance with existing statutory and regulatory requirements.

St. Croix Hospice has been recognized by the Nebraska Hospice and Palliative Care Association (NHPCA) with the NHPCA Shining Star Award

LINCOLN, Nebraska—St. Croix Hospice has been recognized by the Nebraska Hospice and Palliative Care Association (NHPCA) with the NHPCA Shining Star Award, which was announced at the 2024 NHPCA Annual Conference on March 20. After receiving nominations from industry leaders, the NHPCA awards the Shining Star honor to a hospice provider in good standing with the association that has demonstrated outstanding leadership and innovation within the local hospice community.

Findings reveal current audit process’ shortcomings

WASHINTON and ALEXANDRIA, Virginia—Following a series of meetings with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Members of Congress on efforts to improve and protect hospice program integrity, four national hospice organizations—LeadingAge, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)

IntellaTriage acquires hospice triage competitor, NurseLine

BRENTWOOD, Tennessee—IntellaTriage, a provider of after-hours nurse-first triage services for hospice and home health, announced its strategic acquisition of NurseLine, a prominent nationwide provider of hospice and home health triage services. The transaction was completed for an undisclosed sum.

The two providers signed an agreement to form a 50/50 joint venture partnership for homecare and hospice

Bon Secours Mercy Health (BSMH), the fifth-largest Catholic health system in the U.S., and Compassus, a national provider of home-based health care services, announced they have signed an agreement to form a 50/50 joint venture partnership for BSMH homecare and hospice. Under the agreement, Compassus will manage operations for 10 home health agencies and 11 hospice operations spanning five states.

Craig will play a role in driving the company's sales growth & expanding market share

NASHVILLE—Traditions Health has recently hired Michael Craig as its new vice president of sales for the hospice business line. In this new role, Craig will oversee Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and South Carolina. He will also play an integral role in driving the company's sales growth and expanding market share.

NAHC President Bill Dombi said the recommendation would "destroy the primary Medicare benefit"

WASHINGTON—The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) voted on Jan. 11 to recommend that Congress reduce 2025 home health payment rates by 7%.

While the move was expected, advocates and the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) still voiced their disappointment at the guidance. 

Former President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter’s decision to enter hospice has ignited a national conversation around important health care options available during any stage of life

WASHINGTON—In the aftermath of the former First Lady, Rosalynn Carter’s passing, Tom Koutsoumpas, CEO of the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation (NPHI), the national voice for nonprofit advanced illness, hospice, and palliative care providers, released the following statement on Mrs. Carter’s passing:

Members are invited to join a town hall which cover updates and a Q&A

WASHINGTON—The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) continue to jointly explore the formation of a new as-of-yet unnamed organization that combines the strengths of NAHC and NHPCO, "creating a better and more powerful advocate for the entire home care, hospice, palliative care, and serious illness community," NAHC said. 

IntellaTriage, a provider of after-hours nurse-first triage solutions, continued its growth to earn a spot on the Inc. 5000 Fast-Growing Companies List in 2023.

BRENTWOOD, Tennessee—IntellaTriage, a provider of after-hours nurse triage for hospice and home health providers, announced its placement on the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Company List for 2023. The ranking provides a look at entrepreneurial businesses. Achieving a position among the top five percent of expanding private firms in the country, IntellaTriage earned the 234th spot, positioning them as the sixth-ranked company in Tennessee.

The briefing covered new research which highights the quality-of-life and cost savings value of the Medicare Hospice Benefit

WASHINGTON—The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), and NORC at the University of Chicago presented a Congressional briefing on new research that highlights the quality-of-life and cost savings value that the Medicare Hospice Benefit brings to pati

IntellaTriage, the nation’s leading provider of after-hours nurse-first triage solutions, has announced the promotion of Gio Pagano to senior vice president of Sales.

BRENTWOOD, Tennesse—IntellaTriage, a provider of after-hours nurse triage for hospice and home health providers, hospitals, physician groups, health plans and specialty practices, announced the promotion of top sales performer Gio Pagano to senior vice president. Tasked with bringing on new clients and expanding the IntellaTriage impact on the market, IntellaTriage said Pagano exceeded expectations and will continue developing that reach with a growing sales team.