New Findings: For-Profit Hospices May Choose Cheaper-To-Treat Patients

Los Angeles Times: For Profit Hospices May Choose Cheaper-To-Treat Patients, Study Finds
Study results released Tuesday by the Journal of the American Medical Association report that for-profit hospice services may be selecting patients who are less expensive to treat — leaving the pricier patients to nonprofit agencies (Brown, 2/1).

Modern Healthcare: For-Profit Hospices Serve More Lower-Cost Patients: Study
For-profit hospices served a greater proportion of lower-cost patients with dementia and other non-cancer diagnoses than did not-for-profit hospices, according to a new study to be published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association (Barr, 2/1).

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