Use of common hospice drugs varies widely by state, highlighting limited guidance
Aug 16, 2022
Antipsychotics prescribing rates, for example, ranged from 62% for hospice beneficiaries in Oregon to 15% in Oklahoma, investigators say. Five states topped the prescriptions list.
EDs rarely send seniors with dementia to hospice care: study
Alicia Lasek (f3)
Jun 09, 2022
Despite a high likelihood of needing end-of-life care, patients with dementia who visit the emergency department are typically discharged to non-hospice settings and frequently return to the ED, investigators...
Barbara Bush gives gift to providers in final hours
James M. Berklan
Jun 08, 2018
Shortly after her death in mid-April, the tributes to former First Lady Barbara Bush washed over the media landscape for a few news cycles. Then, unfortunately, they faded.
Too many hospice patients are receiving antibiotics, and for too long, researchers say
Stephanie H. Kim
Jul 15, 2014
The prevalence and frequency of antibiotic use among hospice patients is high despite little evidence of effectiveness, researchers say.
OIG: Hospices often out of compliance, need framing
James M. Berklan
Feb 01, 2014
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 shows
Jan 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.
Increased hospice enrollment would save Medicare millions each year, researchers find
Mar 06, 2013
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.
Advance directives mean more palliative, less costly care, study shows
Oct 07, 2011
Individuals with advance directives are more likely to receive palliative care and are less likely to die in a hospital, a new study finds.
Big future ahead for sub-acute healthcare providers offering continuum of care, researchers predict
Apr 19, 2011
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...
CMS stalls on home health, hospice certification requirements
Jan 06, 2011
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...