Hospice Care: Honoring Life, Saving Medicare Millions
March 22, 2013•9 min
Dr. Donald Schumacher, President and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization says we bring dignity and compassion when they are needed most to our loved ones"We know that hospice care addresses so many critical issues involving quality of care at the end of life and that hospice brings dignity and compassion when they are needed most," says Dr. Donald Schumacher, President and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. A recent study discussed by Dr. Schumacher confirms why hospice is the best solution for caring for the dying in a way that provides patient-centered care and is cost effective for the Medicare system.Schumacher goes on to say that more than 44 percent of dying Americans were cared for by hospice in 2011. Among these patients, 84 percent of hospice care was paid for through the Medicare hospice benefit. "We have an example of a care delivery model that not only scores high in patient and family satisfaction, reduces hospital services, and promotes the dignity of every person cared for but also can be cost effective with regards to federal spending," Schumacher noted.