Pilot Program to Allow Curative Treatments and Hospice

Denise

Pilot Program to Allow Curative Treatments and Hospice

Denise
hands-736244_640The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today announced a pilot program with more than 140 hospice organizations that will allow patients to receive both curative services and hospice services.

Typically, when a patient enters hospice, he or she must forgo curative treatments, which can make the decision to choose hospice difficult. This pilot program, called Medicare Care Choices Model, will eliminate that quandary.

Less than 45% of Medicare beneficiaries use hospice at the end of life, according to the federal government. Hopefully, this pilot program will lead to a change that allows more individuals, while receiving treatment toward the end of life, to also take advantage of the supportive services offered through hospice.

Medicare's press release includes more details. In its coverage of the news, The Wall Street Journal includes a quote from me and a personal experience from @thpurplejacket.