Changes in Medicare costs with the growth of hospice care in nursing homes.


BACKGROUND Nursing home residents' use of hospice has substantially increased. Whether this increase in hospice use reduces end-of-life expenditures is unknown. METHODS The expansion of hospice between 2004 and 2009 created a natural experiment, allowing us to conduct a difference-in-differences matched analysis to examine changes in Medicare expenditures… (More)
DOI: 10.1056/NEJMsa1408705


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