New England's largest hospice provider broadens its reach to include Blue Cross Blue Shield members in Massachusetts
Beacon Hospice, Inc., a leading provider of high quality end-of-life care, announces an agreement with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts to provide hospice coverage to Blue Cross Blue Shield members throughout the State.
Founded more than 70 years ago, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts provides coverage to more than 3 million members, 2.5 million members in Massachusetts.
“Beacon Hospice is pleased to join forces with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and have the opportunity to provide end-of-life care to more patients and their families throughout the state,” says Betty Brennan, CEO of Beacon Hospice. "Beacon strives to deliver the best care possible and our goal is to be the standard by which hospice is judged."
Beacon Hospice, which serves local patients out of its Hyannis office, is now positioned to provide hospice coverage to the majority of covered lives in the state of Massachusetts. In addition to being able to provide hospice services to Blue Cross Blue Shield MA members, Beacon is also able to provide service to members of Tufts Health Plan, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare and Fallon Community Health Plan.
Beacon Hospice is an innovative hospice organization that continually strives to meet the dynamic and ever changing needs of the patients and family that it serves. In addition to general hospice services, Beacon Hospice has created two programs to meet the specific needs of patients and families dealing with end stage Dementia and end stage Cardiac Disease. Beacon’s end stage Dementia program, Deep Harbors™, has provided care to more than 3,800 patients since it was introduced three years ago and has received national recognition as the gold standard in providing end-of-life care for Dementia patients. The Calm Harbors program, designed to help patients conserve energy, better manage symptoms and prevent re-hospitalizations was introduced last year and has been incredibly well received by referral sources as well as the patients and families that have been served.
Beacon Hospice’s interdisciplinary team of physicians, skilled nurses, home health aides, social workers, bereavement counselors and volunteers provide care to hospice patients in their private homes, in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and hospitals. The company currently has 21 locations throughout New England and provides care for patients in more than 400 communities throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Maine.