The frustration cited by this blogger illustrates exactly how the Medicare Hospice Benefit can be abused, even by well-meaning people. Some profit-driven hospice companies prey upon the lack of adequate elder-care and push the use of hospice as an alternative, constantly seeking hospice referrals even for patients with no terminal diagnosis. The problem with this is two-fold: (1) patients who are not truly dying are denied curative care once they are admitted to hospice; and (2) taxpayer dollars earmarked for healthcare wind up in the pockets of unscrupulous companies and their owners.
Go to http://fraudblawg.com/2009/05/04/3/ to read about a near $25 million settlement of Medicare hospice fraud allegations.
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