Hospice groups fight Medicare rate cut

March 2009
Medical Ethics Advisor;Mar2009, Vol. 25 Issue 3, p31
The article focuses on the objection of hospice providers to a cut to the Medicare hospice benefit being imposed by the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush effective October 1, 2008. As stated, the provision is important to protect thousands of hospice jobs and preserve the access of patients nationwide for quality end-of-life care. It is noted that physicians should be given the prerogative to refer patients to hospice care and that patients should be comfortable to access Medicare hospice benefits.


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