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Hospice firms draining billions from Medicare
12-27-2013, 12:47 PM #1
Wayne5 Member
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Hospice patients are expected to die: The treatment focuses on providing comfort to the terminally ill, not finding a cure. To enroll a patient, two doctors certify a life expectancy of six months or less.

But over the past decade, the number of “hospice survivors” in the United States has risen dramatically, in part because hospice companies earn more by recruiting patients who aren’t actually dying, a Washington Post investigation has found. Healthier patients are more profitable because they require fewer visits and stay enrolled longer.


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12-27-2013, 08:24 PM #2
Wayne5 Member
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The average length of a stay in hospice care also jumped substantially over that time, in California and nationally, according to the analysis. Profit per patient quintupled, to $1,975, California records show.

This vast growth took place as the hospice “movement,” once led by religious and community organizations, was evolving into a $17 billion industry dominated by for-profit companies. Much of that is paid for by the U.S. government — roughly $15 billion of industry revenue came from Medicare last year.

At AseraCare, for example, one of the nation’s largest for-profit chains, hospice patients kept on living. About 78 percent of patients who enrolled at the Mobile, Ala., branch left the hospice’s care alive, according to company figures. As many as 59 percent of patients left the AseraCare branch in nearby Foley, Ala., alive. And at the one in Monroeville, 48 percent were discharged from the hospice alive.

12-28-2013, 12:51 AM #3
Not Sure Member
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There should be some kind of penalty applied to these companies when people survive hospice ...however that could backlash into a reluctance of providing hospice to those who need it because of the risk of penalty.

...maybe something like %50 medicare payment for survivors would be a reasonable fix?

This is a policy medicare would have to adopt but there certainly could/should be some sort of consequence to check this blatant abuse.
12-28-2013, 06:31 AM #4
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On the other side of the Hospice issue is how they kill patients very quickly, like they did with my mother.

She had fallen but had not so much as a single broken bone, But my brother brought in hospice. The drugged her into unconsciousness by giving her morphine under her tongue.

Then they kept her unconscious.

Once they achieve that state, they withhold food and water. My mother was killed in six days. The patients die by baking their organs due to the lack of water. Their skin often cracks open for the same reason like being in the desert, except there is no sunlight, just skin lacking adequate water.

My mother's type of story is not uncommon. It's a regular practice.

The killers are so misguided they think they are doing God's work - if they even believed in God. They pretend the person died a peaceful death when, in fact, patients on morphine go through death throes.

That's because morphine causes nightmares. Imagine being in a nightmare you can't wake up from. That's how they die - terrorized.

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12-28-2013, 03:37 PM #5
Wayne5 Member
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I'm really sorry BAG. I've been trying to tell people. No one seems to get it.
My mother only lasted a few hours. They had already sucked the life out of her at the hospital. They knew she was going to die but they piled on the procedures to get the bill high.
12-28-2013, 04:17 PM #6
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B.A.G., that's terrible sad2.gif Wayne hug.gif

A doctor killed my Grandma, no profit motive just sheer incompetence. Not uncommon no matter where you are gaah.gif

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12-28-2013, 05:12 PM #7
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this is why it is so very important for people to have a living will stating their end of life wishes my parents both had one and so do I and hubby

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