Cost of End of Life Care

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Source: Paper by David Stevenson and colleagues via Austin Frakt.

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  1. Lucas says:

    I wonder how the chart would look with inflation and technological improvements factored in

  2. Connor says:

    “MA plans provide less end-of-life care in hospital settings.”

    Stuff like this makes end of life decisions a lot easier. Especially for families looking at hospice options.

  3. Ignacio says:

    “Although these financial incentives were unchanged, TM hospice enrollment grew almost twice as fast as MA hospice enrollment over the study period, perhaps suggesting a broader recognition of hospice’s potential benefits and a more active effort by hospice agencies to increase enrollment.”

    Oh, most certainly

  4. Lindsey M. says:

    Stay away from Medicare Advantage…

    • Lucas says:

      The publication would prove otherwise.

    • Lucas says:

      Hospice use in the year preceding death was higher among MA than TM decedents in 2003 (38% vs. 29%), but the gap narrowed over the study period (46% vs. 40% in 2009). Relative to TM, MA decedents had significantly lower rates of inpatient admissions (5%-14% lower), inpatient days (18%-29% lower), and emergency department visits (42%-54% lower). MA decedents initially had lower rates of ambulatory surgery and procedures that converged with TM rates by 2009 and had modestly lower rates of physician visits initially that surpassed TM rates by 2007.