Slowly Dying Patients, An Audit And A Hospice's Undoing

Reporting for Kaiser Health News, Randy Dotinga writes: "Across the country, hospices with generous admissions policies may find themselves on life support too. Medicare, which heavily funds hospice programs, is cracking down on the industry's growing habit of embracing those whose deaths aren't imminent. It's not clear how many hospice programs are being investigated. But there's definitely an increased level of scrutiny, said J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization" (Dotinga, 1/16). Read the story.

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