An analysis of data from 3,593 U.S. hospitals found that those with palliative care programs had shorter ICU stays and longer hospice care in the final six months of Medicare patients' lives, according to a study presented at the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine's annual meeting. Researcher Jay Horton of the Lilian and Benjamin Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, said the results support claims that palliative care reduces health costs.

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