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Report: Unduly intensive EOL care less likely at VA hospitals

Veterans with terminal cancer receiving care at VA medical centers are less likely than those receiving fee-for-service care covered by Medicare to get high-intensity end-of-life care or to die in a hospital, according to a report in Health Affairs. "To avoid putting VA-reliant veterans at risk of receiving lower-quality care, VA care-purchasing programs should develop coordination and quality monitoring programs to guard against overly intensive end-of-life care," researchers wrote.

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