Characterizing hospice discharge patterns in a nationally representative sample of the elderly, 1993-2000.

@article{Taylor2008CharacterizingHD,
  title={Characterizing hospice discharge patterns in a nationally representative sample of the elderly, 1993-2000.},
  author={Donald Hugh Taylor and Karen E. Steinhauser and James A. Tulsky and John R Rattliff and Courtney Harold Van Houtven},
  journal={The American journal of hospice & palliative care},
  year={2008},
  volume={25 1},
  pages={
          9-15
        }
}
The aim of this study is to identify the prevalence and correlates of individuals discharged alive from hospice in the Medicare program to determine whether the current hospice benefit matches the needs of dying patients. Using a nationally representative sample of age-eligible Medicare beneficiaries who died from 1993 to 2000, the use of hospice and other Medicare-financed care was analyzed during the last year of life for different groups of hospice users. It was found that 84.5% (n = 1029… CONTINUE READING
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