Hospice News June 1, 2023
Holly Vossel

Patient preferences are trending towards home-based hospice care, leaving some inpatient facilities between a rock and a hard place. Meanwhile, other hospices diversify and expand their inpatient service capabilities.

MercyOne Shutters Hospice House in Iowa

MercyOne has closed its Iowa-based hospice center due to economic headwinds.

The health system will no longer offer inpatient services at the MercyOne Johnston Hospice Care facility, citing “post-pandemic economic issues” in recent local news.

Among the reasons that some inpatient hospice centers have shuttered are rising costs for paid sick leave and contract workers, as well as labor costs and high prices for personal protective equipment.

Shifting care preferences are another driving force behind the closure, according to MercyOne.

“More patients are choosing to...

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