Data show palliative care saves Medicaid money, improves care

November 2011
Hospice Management Advisor;Nov2011, Vol. 16 Issue 11, p129
The article discusses Medicaid hospital spending could be reduced if hospitals had more beds and a fully operational palliative care consultation team. It mentions a study by R. Sean Morrison and colleagues which shows that Medicaid patients with serious or life threatening illnesses saved 6,900 dollars in hospital costs if they received palliative care. Included are comments from Morrison, a professor of geriatrics and palliative medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.


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