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For-Profit Hospice Companies May Gain on Fewer Cancer Patients

For-profit hospices for dying patients are less likely to enroll cancer patients than nonprofit competitors and more inclined to treat people needing longer-term, lower-cost services, a study found.

Medicare’s reimbursement system may spur companies to select patients who need “fewer skilled services” or longer hospice stays because the federal insurance program for the elderly and disabled pays a fixed daily rate, regardless of the services patients need, according to a report published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.