Access to Future Hospice Patients: The Challenges and Can It be Profitable in Today’s Environment and with Current Payers?

Thursday, April 30, 2015: 10:15 AM-11:15 AM
National Harbor 2 (Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center) - 3rd Level
Primary Presenter:
James Ridenour, CPA , Crowe Horwath LLP, South Bend, IN
Anne Hochsprung, CPA , Suncoast Hospice, Clearwater, FL
Many issues face current hospice providers in maintaining access to future hospice patients. Shortening length of stays are forcing hospice providers to analyze how they do business and with whom to associate. This trend is anticipated to continue into the future.  Much about palliative care, and other means of “doing something different” to provide a means to access is being discussed.  Hospice organizations that don't look for alternatives to traditional access may jeopardize their future existence. Faculty will expose participants to alternatives to access future hospice patients which counteract the current negative trends in hospice census to sustain them for the future.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the current real pressures on future hospice census and the financial effects
2. Identify the alternatives that can be analyzed for key access to future hospice patients
3. Discuss what is necessary from alternative services that also are profitable to allow for future organization sustainability

CE/CME: CPA, Nurse, Physician and Social Worker
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