Saturday, February 10, 2007

Hospice - rethought and revised

There's a nice article in today's NY Times about hospice care and the ways in which it's being reimagined and revised to encourage its use by more patients and at an earlier stage in their illness. The key change is the option of continuing curative treatments while enrolled in hospice, which (i) makes hospice available to those who aren't ready to give up such treatments and (ii) reduces the incentive for such patients to opt for expensive hospital care -- often in the ICU -- at the end of life.
posted by tommayo, 12:47 PM

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