// Chartbeat tag // Chartbeat tag

Medicare enrollees choose nursing homes over hospice for end-of-life care, research shows

Share this article:

Palliative and hospice care should be included in Medicare's nursing home benefits, according to authors of a new study.

Nearly one-third of Medicare beneficiaries choose to stay in a nursing home for end-of-life care, because Medicare does not cover room and board in hospice, according to the study.

In analyzing data from 5,100 people between 1994 and 2007, investigators from the University of California at San Francisco found 31% had used the nursing home benefits in their last six months of life.

“Unfortunately, financial issues may contribute to why patients near the end of life are using the SNF benefit and not the hospice benefit,” the authors wrote.

“Perhaps having Medicare pay concurrently for post-acute SNF care and hospice services for the same condition could allow earlier incorporation of palliative care for these medically complex patients,” the study authors wrote.

The study was published Oct. 1 in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Share this article:

More in News

RACs collected nearly $2 million from skilled nursing facilities last year, report ...

Recovery Audit Contractors recovered $1.8 million in Medicare overpayments made to skilled nursing facilities in fiscal year 2013, according to a Congressional report released Monday.

OK nursing home worker threatened to behead colleague in a terrorist act, ...

Police in Oklahoma City have arrested a nursing home worker who allegedly threatened to behead another staff member out of solidarity with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, according to news sources.

Jewish Home Lifecare named Innovator of the Year

Jewish Home Lifecare named Innovator of the Year

Jewish Home Lifecare won the top award in the Innovator of the Year category in the third annual McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards competition.