A Positive Association Between Hospice Profit Margin And The Rate At Which Patients Are Discharged Before Death.

@article{Dolin2017APA,
  title={A Positive Association Between Hospice Profit Margin And The Rate At Which Patients Are Discharged Before Death.},
  author={Rachel Dolin and George M Holmes and Sally C. Stearns and Denise A Kirk and Laura Hanson and Donald Hugh Taylor and Pam C Silberman},
  journal={Health affairs},
  year={2017},
  volume={36 7},
  pages={
          1291-1298
        }
}
Hospice care is designed to support patients and families through the final phase of illness and death. Yet for more than a decade, hospices have steadily increased the rate at which they discharge patients before death-a practice known as "live discharge." Although certain live discharges are consistent with high-quality care, regulators have expressed concern that some hospices' desire to maximize profits drives them to inappropriately discharge patients. We used Medicare claims data for 2012… CONTINUE READING
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