The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission may recommend to Congress that Medicare Advantage managed care plans be required to cover hospice stays. This coverage currently is only available in fee-for-service Medicare and the change may allow patients to continue curative treatment while receiving hospice care. "From a beneficiary's perspective, this is exactly what they need to move toward a seamless journey," said registered nurse Mary Naylor of the NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health at the University of Pennsylvania.

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