Kaiser Health News - "Hospices, Wary Of Costs, May Be Discouraging Patients With High Expenses"

 – January 21, 2013 /Press Release/  –– 

A recent study published in the journal Health Affairs found that there may be another reason that patients don't take advantage of the comprehensive services that hospice provides: restrictive enrollment policies that may discourage patients from signing up. But such care can be expensive, costing upward of $10,000 a month. Last year, the Medicare program paid a base rate of $151 per day to cover all routine hospice services, adjusted for geographic differences. "It's a fixed, per-day cost that doesn't relate to the complexity of care provided," says the lead author of the study, Dr. Melissa Aldridge Carlson, an assistant professor of geriatrics and palliative medicine the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Learn more