Dobson | DaVanzo was commissioned by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) to develop a policy brief outlining the goals and benefits of hospice care. The paper explores the history of the hospice concept and presents case-study analyses and quantitative research to illustrate the value that integrated care provides seriously ill patients and their families. Many of the studies show that hospice can reduce Medicare spending. The document is a source for both policymakers and stakeholders interested in learning about the value of the person-centered care ideal embodied by the Medicare Hospice Benefit. This brief calls for policymakers to take action in expanding public knowledge of and access to the unique services available to patients and families when considering courses of treatment options when faced with a serious illness.
To view this brief in its entirety, please follow this link.