A New Medicare End-of-Life Benefit for Nursing Home Residents

by David G. Stevenson; Joseph P. Newhouse; Haiden A. Huskamp; Michael E. Chernew

Jan 1, 2010
A new Medicare benefit is needed to support end-of-life care for those spending their final days in a nursing home, say the authors of this article. Arguing that the current hospice benefit is a poor fit with the nursing home setting, the authors recommend a new benefit that would enable nursing home residents to receive individualized palliative and psychosocial services in addition to rehabilitative services.
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