Medicare Patients on Hemodialysis Have Poor Access to Hospice Care

Chronically ill Medicare patients on kidney dialysis have very poor access to hospice care in the last year of their lives, even if those patients differ from each other in many other ways, according to a new paper published in Health Affairs. The paper, derived from a study of nearly 640,000 people in a national…

Many Doctors Pay Little Attention to Home Health Plans

Almost half the U.S. physicians who specialize in general, family, or geriatric medicine, as well as hospice and palliative care, spend less than one minute reviewing paperwork before signing off on it, according to a survey published in Annals of Internal Medicine. Based on the responses from 1005 physicians, 72 percent said they certified at…