Hospices Face Challenges, Opportunities in Expansion of Palliative Care
By Larry Beresford
November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, and the 2018 theme of “My Hospice” offers an important opportunity to examine the state of hospice in the U.S., and the challenges and opportunities that hospices face amid a national movement to expand palliative care.
The emergence of community-based palliative care models that nobly strive to make palliative care accessible further upstream has had an impact on hospice in several ways, experts say. Many hospices are evolving or expanding to add palliative care services that allow them to effectively support patients early in the course of serious illness, and through the end of life.