The prevalence and frequency of antibiotic use among hospice patients is high despite little evidence of effectiveness, researchers say.
The Department of Health and Human Services' watchdog arm recently said hospice providers need stronger oversight measures. It also noted more than $5.8 billion in recoveries in fiscal 2013.
Nursing home quality could improve with better palliative care interventions, large-scale trial showsJanuary 23, 2014
By following practices that are common in home-based hospice care, nursing homes can improve the comfort and dignity of residents who are dying, according to new study results.
Increasing hospice enrollment would improve care for beneficiaries while saving the Medicare program millions of dollars annually, according to a study in the March issue of Health Affairs.
Individuals with advance directives are more likely to receive palliative care and are less likely to die in a hospital, a new study finds.
The market for long-term care services is likely to grow at a rate of 5% to 6% per year, a new study finds. Healthcare market research publisher Kalorama estimates the long-term care market in 2010 was $258 billion in its new report, "Long Term Care Market: Nursing Homes, Home Care, Hospice Care, and Assisted Living."
There will be a three-month delay before the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services enforces a face-to-face meeting requirement for individuals who want hospice services or home health care, the Bureau of National Affairs reported.
Home health and hospice provider Gentiva Health Services Inc. plans to acquire hospice provider Odyssey HealthCare Inc. in a transaction valued at more than $1 billion.