Hospice concurrent care demo still not running in Medicare

05/9/2013 | Kaiser Health News

Medicare has not yet started a pilot project mandated by the Affordable Care Act to provide concurrent care that allows hospice patients to receive curative treatments along with end-of-life care. The health reform law required concurrent care for children covered by Medicaid and called on HHS to select 15 centers to test the concept in Medicare. "Our own experience is when you do liberalize the hospice benefit, it does not cost you extra and it may actually cost you less," said Aetna executive Dr. Randall Krakauer, who called the lack of a Medicare pilot a missed opportunity.

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