Expanded hospice improves care but raises costs

May 7, 2015

Pedro GozaloPedro GozaloPROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — A large new study in the New England Journal of Medicine, led by associate professor of health services, policy and practice Pedro Gozalo, examines the impact of growth in Medicare's hospice benefit among nursing home residents between 2004 and 2009. The researchers documented improvement in indicators of care quality, such as less reliance on intensive care and feeding tubes, but also found increased costs to Medicare of $6,761 per patient on average.

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