January 2015

Hospice Care: Under The Microscope

Provider Magazine
Latour "LT" Lafferty

Since hospice was first introduced in the mid 1970s, the business of caring for the dying, and its profitability, has flourished. Today, more than half of those people dying in the United States receive some form of hospice care, and the industry’s annual revenue is estimated at $22 billion.

Since Medicare is the primary source of payment for the hospice benefit, paying for 83.7 percent of all hospice care today, it should not be surprising that regulators contend that fraud and abuse in the hospice industry is rampant.

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