Medicare rules may be obstacle to hospice enrollment

12/4/2012 | Kaiser Health News

A study in the journal Health Affairs found that 78% of hospices surveyed had one or more enrollment criteria that excluded treatments such as chemotherapy, palliative radiation, intravenous feeding or blood transfusions. Researchers said the responses, from 591 hospices, reflected the fact that hospices feel Medicare reimbursement rates are not high enough to pay for certain care.

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