Medicare applies unique standard to hospice, expert says

05/21/2013 | Health Affairs Blog

Hospice care is the only Medicare-covered service that is based on the idea that it should improve patient lives while saving the program money, writes Donald Taylor, a Duke University associate professor who specializes in aging, hospice and palliative care. Medicare's underlying hospice regulations need to be updated to include chronic conditions other than cancer, and the update also should consider the costs and benefits of other treatments patients may choose instead of entering hospice, he said.

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