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Medicare Spent $11,393 per Hospice Beneficiary in 2014

 

CMS recently released an analysis on hospice spending. Here are some key findings from the report:

 

In 2014, Medicare spent an average of $11,393 per hospice beneficiary.
There were 1.3 million hospice beneficiaries in 2014.
11% had a live discharge from hospice care in 2014.
In 2014, 1 in 3 beneficiaries had more than 60 days of hospice care.
13% had more than 180 days of hospice care in 2014.
South Carolina had the highest spending ($14,778) per hospice beneficiary.

 

 

Source: CMS, October 6, 2016

How long do patients remain in hospice care

Lenths of Stay for Patients Receiving Hospice Care in The U.S. in 2012

<7 Days – 35.5%
8-29 Days -27.0%
30-89 Days – 17.4%
90-179 Days – 8.8%
180+ Days -11.5%

Source: Managed Care, March 2014
Data Souce: National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization: NHPCO’s Facts and Figures, 2013