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Examining Variation in Hospice Visits by Professional Staff in the Last 2 Days of Life

Joan M. Teno, Mike Plotzke, Thomas Christian, Pedro Gozalo


February 8, 2016
The study looked to examine individual characteristics, hospice program, and geographic variation in hospice visits by professional staff during the last 2 days of life. It points at variations in Medicare-funded hospice services: hospice visits in the last 2 days of life by professional staff vary by race, hospice program, and geographic region of the country. Visits were less likely when the Medicare beneficiary was black, dying on a Sunday, and receiving care in a nursing home.
North America