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Medicare: More Beneficiaries Use Hospice; Many Factors Contribute to Shorter Periods of Use

T-HEHS-00-201 Published: Sep 18, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 2000.
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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed issues related to the use of Medicare's hospice benefit, focusing on: (1) the patterns and trends in hospice use by Medicare beneficiaries; (2) factors that affect the use of the hospice benefit; and (3) the availability of hospice providers.

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Health care cost controlHealth care facilitiesHealth care programsHealth resources utilizationHome health care servicesHospicesLong-term careMedicarePatient care servicesEnd-of-life issues