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Hospice Facts and Figures on Hospice Care in America – NHPCO

NHPCO’s report “Hospice Facts & Figures on Hospice Care in America” describes who gets hospice care, and for how long.  The median length of stay was 24 days; more than half (54%) of hospice patients receive 30 days of care or less. The average amount of time in the program was higher (76 days), in part because of the long-stay effect of Alzheimer’s patients.  The 2018 edition (updated July 2019) shows patient care and provider statistics for 2017. There were 4,515 hospices operating in 2017. Almost half (48%) of Medicare patients who died that year, chose to be in hospice. Participation varied by state, from a high of 57% in Utah, to fewer than 30% in Alaska and North Dakota. New York is the only large population state where hospice enrollment is below 1/3 of Medicare decedents. NHPCO is the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

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