Medicare Lags In Project to Expand Hospice

KHN: May 9, 2013

Despite a three-year-old order from Congress, Medicare has yet to begin an experiment to expand hospice services to allow beneficiaries to continue potentially lifesaving treatments to see if it would save money while improving the patients’ quality of life.

The demonstration project would eliminate one major reason that people are reluctant to take up Medicare’s hospice benefit: they have to first agree to forgo curative treatments such as chemotherapy.  Read more