Hospice is a program of care and support for people who are terminally ill. Hospice is a growth industry controlled by for-profit companies earning $17 billion a year, $15 million of which are Medicare reimbursements.
“The proportion of patients who were discharged alive from hospice care rose about 50 percent between 2002 and 2012, according to a Post analysis of more than 1 million hospice patients’ records over 11 years in California. California was chosen for the review because its hospice records are detailed and, by virtue of its size, offers a portrait of the industry. The average length of a stay in hospice care jumped substantially, and profit per patient quintupled, to $1,975.
Recruiting unqualified patients for hospice care, including those who are not really dying, is costing Medicare billions of dollars. The full article is here.
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