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A National Study of Live Discharges from Hospice

Joan M. Teno, Michael Plotzke, Pedro Gozalo, and Vincent Mor


August 7, 2014
This article describes a study by Abt Global in partnership with Brown University Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research, for CMS examining how often Medicare Beneficiaries are discharged from hospice care alive instead of dead. Live discharges from hospice can occur because patients decide to resume curative care, their condition improves, or hospices may inappropriately use live discharge to avoid costly hospitalizations. Approximately 1 in 5 hospice patients are discharged alive with variation by geographic regions and hospice programs.
North America