KANSAS CITY, Missouri— Husch Blackwell’s Hospice practice team handled a record number of hospice audits during 2022, part of a surge in audits witnessed by the industry, the company said. Attorneys at Husch Blackwell worked on more than 200 audit matters for hospices throughout 2022, a number the group anticipates will remain steady or potentially increase in the coming year.

WASHINGTON, DC—The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) should require hospice care providers to report all allegations of abuse and neglect immediately to survey agencies, regardless of whether the alleged perpetrator is affiliated with the hospice, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) urged in a new report.

The Department of Health and Human Services neither agreed nor disagreed with GAO's recommendation.

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (September 27, 2022)—Agape Care Group, a portfolio company of Ridgemont Equity Partners and a leading hospice and palliative care provider in the Southeast, announced it has acquired GHC Hospice (GHC). Founded in 2014, GHC is a hospice care provider serving 25 counties in Georgia and South Carolina with a reputation for superior clinical excellence.

TROY, Mich. (August 30, 2022)—Residential Hospice, a division of Graham Healthcare Group, announced that it has acquired Comfort Hospice of St. Louis, and Grace Hospice of Maumee, Ohio from U.S. Medical Management. This expands the footprint of Residential Hospice into Missouri and Ohio; U.S. Medical Management will retain their hospice locations outside of St. Louis and Maumee.

CLEARWATER, Fla. (August 22, 2022)—Empath Health and Hospice of Marion County (HMC) announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to begin the process of affiliating HMC with Empath Health. Empath Health currently has three hospice organizations operating within its network including Tidewell Hospice, Suncoast Hospice and Suncoast Hospice of Hillsborough.

DALLAS (May 24, 2022)—Aveanna Healthcare, a diversified homecare platform focused on providing care to medically complex, high-cost patient populations, recently announced the implementation of the Homecare Homebase (HCHB) and Medalogix platforms across the company’s home health and hospice divisions. Aveanna’s home health and hospice divisions have expanded to over 90 locations across the U.S.