Examining Variation in Hospice Visits by Professional Staff in the Last 2 Days of Life
February 8, 2016
The study looked to examine individual characteristics, hospice program, and geographic variation in hospice visits by professional staff during the last 2 days of life. It points at variations in Medicare-funded hospice services: hospice visits in the last 2 days of life by professional staff vary by race, hospice program, and geographic region of the country. Visits were less likely when the Medicare beneficiary was black, dying on a Sunday, and receiving care in a nursing home.