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Hospice in Crisis

Wednesday, October 4, 2017  
Posted by: Katherine Lally
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Hospice in Crisis

The most important end-of-life movement in a generation struggles in an era of changing families and prolonged deaths.

From the article:

The hospice model is coming under stress of its own … much of the stress comes from shifts in how we die, how we live—and with whom. These are big demographic changes that make the original conception of hospice harder to carry out as it was once intended.

Joan Teno: “The tsunami of frail elderly people with complex multiple illnesses is coming.”

U. of Minnesota physician: “The patients who genuinely don’t have loved ones who can essentially move in with them—most of those people do not die at home.”

The article discusses policy ideas that are being suggested to mitigate end-of-life issues, while acknowledging that no changes will occur in Congress or Medicare any time soon.

(featured interview with Ann Mitchell, CEO of Montgomery Hospice)

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