Thursday, July 7, 2011

"Hospices are Serving a Critical Need" in Kaiser Health News

NHPCO's Don Schumacher writes in Kaiser Health News about the benefits and value of hospice care. He stresses the importance of quality end-of-life care and calls for well-informed discussions. Schumacher's article begins:

"As Congress works to come to terms with the economic challenges facing our nation, it's inevitable that discussions focus on health care. With an estimated one third of Medicare spending going towards care of beneficiaries in the last year of life, attention has understandably turned to the rising costs of hospice care. Hospice is the leading provider of palliative care services for those facing serious and life-limiting illness."

Read the full piece on the Kaiser Health News website.

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