Over half of hospice patients enrolled in hospice for 30 days or less.
(Alexandria, Va) – NHPCO Facts and Figures (PDF), produced annually by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, provides an overview of hospice care delivery in the U.S. with specific information on hospice patient characteristics, location and level of care, Medicare hospice spending, hospice provider characteristics, and more.
Hospice professionals continue to be concerned about the number of people accessing hospice care late in the course of an illness. The NHPCO report indicates that 53.8 percent of Medicare beneficiaries received hospice care for 30 days or less in 2018. A quarter (27.9 percent) of beneficiaries received care for seven days or less, which is considered too short a period for patients to fully benefit from the person-centered care available from hospice.
Representative data shared in the new report:
“This annual report provides a valuable snapshot of hospice care access and care, and also a reminder that we must continue to strive to make hospice care more equitable and accessible. It is also important to remember that behind these numbers are people who rely on person- and family-centered, interdisciplinary care to help them during a time of great need,” said Edo Banach, NHPCO president and CEO.
Download the new report, NHPCO Facts and Figures (PDF).
More information about hospice care, including a Find a Provider search tool, is available from NHPCO’s CaringInfo.org website.