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For-Profit Hospices May Prefer Certain Types of Patients: Study

For-Profit Hospices May Prefer Certain Types of Patients: Study
They’re more likely to admit people that require less intense care, but a longer stay

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From a February 1, 2011 Health Day news item

TUESDAY, Feb. 1 (HealthDay News) — End-of-life care facilities run for profit are more likely to have patients who require less-skilled care on the part of the hospice, or patients who need longer times in hospice care, research reveals.

Under the current Medicare reimbursement system — which pays hospices a flat daily rate, regardless of care needs — such patients would likely cost less to care for, according to the study.

“We found that for-profit hospices had more patients with non-cancer diagnoses, especially dementia, that were associated with fewer visits per day from hospice nurses and social workers,” noted the study’s lead author, Dr. Melissa Wachterman, a general medicine research fellow, and a palliative care physician at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

“There was a difference in the distribution of diagnoses. Non-cancer diagnoses were more common in for-profit hospices. And, under the current reimbursement system, those patients may be more profitable,” she explained.

More reassuring for families, however, is the finding that patients’ care needs were met in both for-profit and non-profit hospice programs, Wachterman noted.

Results of the study appear in the Feb. 2 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association….



February 3, 2011 Posted by | Medical and Health Research News | , , , | Leave a comment

End-of-Life Library Receives Award

Hospice of the Western Reserve



From the Cornflower announcement

By Suzanne Earle, MLS, AHIP

End-of-Life Library

The Hospice Institute

Hospice of the Western Reserve

Cleveland, OH

The End-of-Life Library at Hospice of the Western Reserve, Cleveland, Ohio, has received the 2010 Rose & Sam Stein Award, the highest hospice honor which can be given in the state of Ohio. Library services were recognized for making significant, innovative, and extraordinary contributions to hospice and end-of-life care. The award highlights support which has significantly contributed to the greater hospice community, patients, families and team members. The library effectively collaborates across disciplines and enhances the delivery of services as part of the larger agency.

The award was accepted by Suzanne Earle, MLS, AHIP in Columbus, Ohio on November 12, 2010 at the annual Ohio Hospice and Palliative Care Conference.

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This library’s request form has a literature search option which seems to be open to the public.

A few End-0f-Life online resources

December 5, 2010 Posted by | Consumer Health, Librarian Resources | , , , | Leave a comment


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