Survival of Medicare patients after enrollment in hospice programs.

@article{Christakis1996SurvivalOM,
  title={Survival of Medicare patients after enrollment in hospice programs.},
  author={Nicholas A. Christakis and Jos{\'e} J. Escarce},
  journal={The New England journal of medicine},
  year={1996},
  volume={335 3},
  pages={172-8}
}
BACKGROUND Each year more than 220,000 Medicare beneficiaries receive care from hospice programs designed to enhance the quality of the end of life. Enrollment requires certification by a physician that the patient has a life expectancy of less than six months. We examined how long before death patients enrolled in hospice programs. METHODS Using 1990… CONTINUE READING