10/12/2010

An analysis of Medicare data showed the cost of end-of-life care for U.S. heart failure patients increased by 11% per patient from 2000 to 2007, but hospice use also went from 19% to almost 40% of patients. A second study of Canadian patients found a decrease in hospitalization in the final six months of life and an increase in outpatient care, with researchers suggesting outpatient-type care options could help contain costs and limit hospitalizations.

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