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HHS Office of Inspector General Report Identifies Vulnerabilities in Medicare Hospice Program

August 20, 2018

As part of OIG’s ongoing efforts to fight waste, fraud, and abuse in Medicare, Medicaid, and more than 100 other HHS programs, it recently released a report identifying vulnerabilities to fraud and poor care. The new report covers hospice care since 2005 and increases in utilization and reimbursement. OIG made more than a dozen recommendations…

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Hospice Care Medicare Payments Skyrocket in Assisted Living

January 21, 2015

Medicare payments for hospice care in assisted living communities has more than doubled in five years, totaling $2.1 billion in 2012, according to a new study from the Health and Human Services Department’s Office of Inspector General.

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Hospice Organizations Invited to Try New Medicare Model

April 8, 2014

Medicare soon will reimburse hospices offering palliative care and providers offering curative services, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid recently announced. Under the current system, a beneficiary must stop curative treatments to use Medicare’s h

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New Questions Raised About VSED

February 7, 2012

When a resident decides to purposefully stop eating and drinking, senior living communities must consider a number of legal, ethical, and medical factors in order to appropriately respond to the resident’s end of life decision.

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New Survey Shows Physicians’ Support of Hospice Growing

November 15, 2011

A new survey asked physicians to evaluate the importance of palliative care and current barriers to providing effective end of life care. Comparing results to earlier surveys, researchers found distinctions between physicians’ and the general population’s

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Hospices Offer Alternative Therapies

January 25, 2011

A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics has found that nearly 42 percent of U.S. hospices offer some form of alternative therapy in their end-of-life care services. Common services inc

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End-of-Life Care Costs Rise, Hospice May Help Offset High Prices

October 25, 2010

As long-term care communities help seniors live longer, costs associated with end-of-life care are climbing. Hospice provides one solution to reduce cost of palliative care—pointing to the importance of end-of-life planning.

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New Panel Penalizes Nursing Home Administrators

October 25, 2010

Administrators of nursing homes in Indiana may be more likely to be penalized by a new panel that will oversee the state board that regulates nursing homes.

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Hospice Care Benefits Residents, Caregivers

October 5, 2010

A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology reports that those who die at a hospice or home setting are more likely to have a higher quality of life during their final days as well as less physical and emotional stress.

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Case Study: More on Hospice Care Savings

November 16, 2009

Hospice care provides both a more peaceful setting during the last days of life and is less expensive than hospital care. Individuals using Medicare who opted for hospice services saved taxpayers an average of $2,309 over their last year of life. Read mor

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Gay Seniors Worry About Health-Care Discrimination, Advocacy Groups Say

October 7, 2008

Many gay seniors fear anti-gay bias at senior centers, in nursing homes, and from health-care providers, according to advocacy groups AARP and SAGE (Service and Advocacy for GLBT Elders). An estimated 2.5 million gay seniors in America are twice as likely

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Providers Celebrate Assisted Living Week

September 9, 2008

Assisted living communities nationwide are celebrating National Assisted Living Week (NALW), which began Sunday and runs through September 13th. This year’s theme is “Filling Life With Love.”

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