Thursday, August 11, 2011

Medicare hospice spending increases 70% in four years

The National Coalition on Health Care (NCHC) is reporting that Medicare spending on hospice care has risen 70% over four years (since mid 2007), as for-profit companies are a larger portion of the “market”. The link for the story is here

My own experience for Mother from late 2009 to her passing at the end of 2010 was with Capital Hospice in Arlington VA, which I believe is non-profit, though “private”.  From what I recall, the Hospice bills to Medicare tended to average close to $4000 a month for visits. 

Normally, to qualify for in-home hospice visits, someone must have a diagnosis where the expected life expectancy is six months or less, although it can be recertified every two months if the person lives longer. 

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