Navigation Links
Study: Medicare policy may account for growing length of hospice stays in nursing homes
Date:7/9/2010

Researchers at Brown University have found that the length of an average Medicare-certified hospice stay in a nursing home has doubled during the last 10 years.

The study, which will appear in the August issue of The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, evaluated hospice use in U.S. nursing homes between 1999 and 2006. It found the typical treatment time has increased from 46 to 93 days. The researchers cited a standard daily payment rate for most Medicare hospice enrollment days as an incentive for some of the longer stays.

The study also found that the doubling of Medicare services in nursing homes is associated with a 50-percent growth in the number of hospices, primarily for-profit hospices. Currently, one-third of Medicare beneficiaries who die in nursing homes are accessing hospice services, and the study predicts that this number will increase.

While the increased availability and use of Medicare-sponsored hospice services was cited as a positive development by the researchers, they are concerned that stays are longest in states with the greatest provider growth. The study raises the possibility that reimbursement policies could be contributing to the volume of these very long stays.

"We undertook this study to inform efforts in Medicare hospice reform," said Susan Miller, associate research professor of community health at Brown University and lead author of the report. "Although we found a direct link between increases in hospice enrollments and a rise in the number of providers, it is the increasingly long lengths of stay we believe that raise policy concerns. Still, we caution against making sweeping changes to the program, which could deny nursing home residents hospice care. What is needed is a tiered Medicare hospice payment system, which gives higher rates for the beginning and end of the patient's treatment."

In addition to changing the rates of payment to reflect the timing of the more intense care needs,
'/>"/>

Contact: Anne Coyle
anne_coyle@brown.edu
401-863-1862
Brown University
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Study: Higher-protein diets support weight loss, but may lower bone density in postmenopausal women
2. U of Minnesota study: Americans worried about the quality of Gulf seafood
3. Teens and alcohol study: After a few drinks, parenting style kicks in
4. Study: Getting patients to take their asthma meds
5. Study: Specific PTSD symptoms related to anger and aggressiveness among Iraq/Afghanistan veterans
6. Study: Adults take their physical activity on the road
7. Study: Mining is a major driver of sub-Saharan Africas TB epidemic
8. U of M study: Monitoring cholesterol increases life expectancy
9. Study: ER computer keyboards and bacteria
10. Study: Prostate cancer patients weight linked to tumor size
11. Henry Ford Hospital study: Fewer infections with new heart-pump implant
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/1/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... September 01, 2015 , ... ... Connectivity Kit is now available. With the Connectivity Kit, EasySampler data ... automated jacketed lab reactor control experiment, on a touchscreen platform. , EasySampler fully ...
(Date:9/1/2015)... ... 2015 , ... Mercy Health (formerly Catholic Health Partners) – a Catholic healthcare ... Health: Helping You Be Well videos to prostate cancer awareness. Prostate cancer is the ... concise video on Mercy Health’s YouTube channel, Mercy Health experts address issues, such as:, ...
(Date:9/1/2015)... ... September 01, 2015 , ... Ogawa’s new massage chairs tout ... more effective and humanlike than ever before. With the goal of bringing wellness to ... the Ogawa Active SuperTrac. , As in its name, the Ogawa Refresh ...
(Date:9/1/2015)... ... September 01, 2015 , ... USA Medical Card, ... this week to coincide with back-to-school and the start of “sick season” for ... CDC, elementary school children are sick an average of 8 to 12 times ...
(Date:9/1/2015)... ... September 01, 2015 , ... ... VitaSkin™ collection of products, the VitaSkin™ Exfoliating Peels. This revolutionary collection of natural ... Firm, Bright, Calm, and Clear. , Formulated with alpha hydroxy acids and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:New Technology Allows Unattended Sampling and Synthesis of Chemical Reactions 2Health News:New Technology Allows Unattended Sampling and Synthesis of Chemical Reactions 3Health News:New Mercy Health Video Explains Most-Common Cancer Found in Men 2Health News:Ogawa World USA Releases New Massage Chairs to the US 2Health News:Ogawa World USA Releases New Massage Chairs to the US 3Health News:USA Medical Card Launches New FAQ Video During Back-to-School 2Health News:Éminence Organic Skin Care Introduces Results-Oriented Exfoliating Peels for Every Skin Type 2Health News:Éminence Organic Skin Care Introduces Results-Oriented Exfoliating Peels for Every Skin Type 3
... Solution Offers Better Patient Care and Reduced Costs ... Effectively Managing IT Service Delivery with Significant ROI, ... CPWR ) today launched a new initiative to ... effectively navigate the dynamically,changing healthcare technology environment. By ...
... Is Awarding Over One Million Dollars to Help People ... Lose Weight and Get in Better Shape, ... a $50,000 Grand Prize winner in,its Million Dollar Body Game(TM), an ... spur people to lose weight and get,in shape. Jacob Anderson from ...
... Body(TM) Is Awarding Over One Million Dollars to Help People ... Lose Weight and Get in Better ... announced a $50,000 Grand Prize winner in,its Million Dollar Body Game(TM), ... to spur people to lose weight and get,in shape., Phyllis ...
... Over One Million Dollars to Help People ... Lose Weight and Get in Better Shape, ANAHEIM, ... Grand Prize winner in,its Million Dollar Body Game(TM), an ongoing incentive ... to lose weight and get,in shape. Scott Shoup from Columbus, Ohio ...
... Homicide is the second leading cause of death for ... youth. In an important special supplement to the March ... 14 contributions from a diverse group of researchers and ... need to reduce and prevent youth violence and explore ...
... Arthroscopy kept function at 93% of pre-injury levels among ... (HealthDay News) -- Arthroscopic surgery for first-time shoulder dislocation ... a U.S. study. , "In young, active patients, there ... would dislocate their shoulder again when conservative approaches like ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Compuware Launches Strategic IT Service Management Initiative for Healthcare Industry 2Health News:Compuware Launches Strategic IT Service Management Initiative for Healthcare Industry 3Health News:Virginia Beach Man Loses 17 Pounds, on Top of a Previous 100 Pound Loss, and Wins Major $50,000 Prize 2Health News:Virginia Beach Man Loses 17 Pounds, on Top of a Previous 100 Pound Loss, and Wins Major $50,000 Prize 3Health News:Knoxville, TN Woman Wins $50,000 for Losing 77 Pounds 2Health News:Knoxville, TN Woman Wins $50,000 for Losing 77 Pounds 3Health News:Columbus, OH Man Wins $50,000 for Losing 71 Pounds 2Health News:Columbus, OH Man Wins $50,000 for Losing 71 Pounds 3Health News:Experts call for community mobilization to curb youth violence 2Health News:Experts call for community mobilization to curb youth violence 3Health News:Experts call for community mobilization to curb youth violence 4Health News:First-Time Shoulder Dislocations Helped by Surgery 2
(Date:8/31/2015)... TWINSBURG, Ohio , Aug. 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... and applications, has acquired MACTek Corporation, a leading ... part of Pepperl+Fuchs, strategy to further extend its ... the WirelessHART market.    "We are ... to our existing portfolio," said Jim Bolin ...
(Date:8/31/2015)... , Aug. 31, 2015  Daktari Diagnostics today announced a ... United States and Canada , ... The deal, worth up to $8.5 million over the next ... clinical validation and regulatory approval of Daktari,s HCV test. ... point-of-care instrument that can detect low levels of virus directly ...
(Date:8/31/2015)... , Aug. 31, 2015  On August 5, 2015, ... Oregon denied motions to dismiss securities ... GALE ) and certain of its directors. The class ... "pump and dump" scheme to artificially inflate Galena,s stock ... the stock price was inflated, sold massive amounts of ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Daktari Enters Collaboration Agreement with Merck to Develop Test for Hepatitis C Virus 2Daktari Enters Collaboration Agreement with Merck to Develop Test for Hepatitis C Virus 3Galena Biopharma, Inc. Stock Alert: Schubert Firm Investigates Potential Breaches of Fiduciary Duty 2
... Mich., Oct. 19 Stryker Corporation (NYSE: SYK ... 2010 as follows: Third Quarter Highlights ... currency basis (6.9% as reported) to $1,768 million Orthopaedic ... as reported) MedSurg Equipment sales increased 16.3% on ...
... SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Oct. 19 Matrixx Initiatives, Inc. (Nasdaq: ... financial results for the fiscal 2011 second quarter and six ... market closes on Monday, October 25, 2010. An earnings conference ... 26, 2010 at 11:00 AM ET. To access ...
Cached Medicine Technology:Stryker Reports 7% Sales Growth, 14% Adjusted Net Earnings Growth for Quarter Ended September 30, 2010 2Stryker Reports 7% Sales Growth, 14% Adjusted Net Earnings Growth for Quarter Ended September 30, 2010 3Stryker Reports 7% Sales Growth, 14% Adjusted Net Earnings Growth for Quarter Ended September 30, 2010 4Stryker Reports 7% Sales Growth, 14% Adjusted Net Earnings Growth for Quarter Ended September 30, 2010 5Stryker Reports 7% Sales Growth, 14% Adjusted Net Earnings Growth for Quarter Ended September 30, 2010 6Stryker Reports 7% Sales Growth, 14% Adjusted Net Earnings Growth for Quarter Ended September 30, 2010 7Stryker Reports 7% Sales Growth, 14% Adjusted Net Earnings Growth for Quarter Ended September 30, 2010 8Matrixx Initiatives, Inc. Sets Time for Discussion of Fiscal 2011 Second Quarter Financial Results 2
... feature a 2 adjustable belt buckle. You adjust ... the Apron off your shoulders. And now theres ... the female anatomy. ,For additional back support try ... reduce pressure on the vertebrae and help "lift ...
... modular and flexible system that can record up to ... the comfort of their home. The recorder weighs less ... pouch. The alkaline batteries are in a separate compartment ... standard flash memory card. EEG data recording time can ...
... on over 20 years of experience ... for the Life Sciences, the Freedom ... and possibilities for expansion according to ... easy-to-use software, Freedom EVOware, each system ...
... PROVISION Surgical Helmet System from DePuy offers ... This system helps meet OSHA recommendations regarding ... while creating a new standard for comfort. ... to offer unequaled comfort, featuring a lightweight, ...
Medicine Products: