By David Edwards on June 1st, 2023
Arkansas Hospice Media Contact: David Edwards, Director of Communications
SHARE Foundation Media Contact: Amanda Cooley, Director of Communications
North Little Rock, Ark, – SHARE Foundation, which operates LifeTouch Hospice, and Arkansas Hospice, the state’s largest nonprofit provider of hospice care, have reached an agreement for LifeTouch Hospice to become part of the Arkansas Hospice Family of Care. The transition takes effect June 1. This relationship will strengthen the ability of both providers to carry on their nonprofit missions in light of the evolving healthcare market and massive changes anticipated in how Medicare covers and pays for hospice care over the next few years. As a result of these changes, many small, rural hospices are already consolidating with larger providers to ensure sustainability in the future. Approximately 90% of hospice care is paid for by Medicare nationwide.
In anticipation of these changes and in keeping with its commitment to nonprofit hospice care in South Arkansas, the SHARE Foundation went through a careful and deliberate process of identifying a community-minded, nonprofit hospice provider to continue the mission of LifeTouch Hospice in its five-county service area. During that process, it was important for SHARE Foundation to select another Arkansas-based nonprofit with the capacity and economic scale to navigate the impending reimbursement changes successfully.
“It is an honor to be asked to continue the mission of another long-standing, nonprofit hospice provider in Arkansas,” said Judy Wooten, President and CEO of Arkansas Hospice. “LifeTouch Hospice has a wonderful reputation for providing high quality, patient-centered care, and we look forward to learning, growing, and serving together for many years to come.”
In addition to its award-winning hospice program, Arkansas Hospice is developing a community-based continuum of care to meet the needs of seniors long before they are ready for hospice care. These services include Arkansas Palliative Care, which provides in-home support for patients experiencing serious illness; Arkansas Advanced Care, an in-home primary care service for seniors; and First Choice Senior Care, a private duty program offering caregivers to help seniors stay in their own homes as long as possible. While Arkansas Hospice plans on bringing these service lines to south Arkansas, a timeline has not yet been established.
“We are thankful that we have provided such wonderful hospice care to our community throughout the years,” said Dr. Brian Jones, President/CEO of SHARE Foundation. “LifeTouch Hospice and its staff have been a true blessing to many individuals and families by honoring every moment in life. This new affiliation with Arkansas Hospice will position us to maintain the mission and ministry of LifeTouch Hospice.”
With the addition of LifeTouch Hospice, Arkansas Hospice’s service area will expand from 43 to 48 counties. Care provided in the new service area will be based from offices located in El Dorado and Magnolia.
About Arkansas Hospice
Caring since 1992, Arkansas Hospice’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for those facing serious illness and loss by surrounding them with love and embracing them with the best in physical, emotional, and spiritual care. The hospice care provider is the recipient of numerous local, state, and national awards, as well as numerous other awards for quality of care, including Hospice Honors Elite from HEALTHCAREfirst, as well as the only hospice in Arkansas to be certified by the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs for nonprofit service to Arkansas’ veteran population. For more information, visit https://www.arkansashospice.org.
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