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Access to Hospice Palliative Care Growing in United States

Posted on Monday, September 30, 2019 12:51 PM

New research from the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) shows that access to hospital based palliative care is growing, though some regions remain underserved.  According to the research, 72% of hospitals with more than 50 beds or more, this is up from 67% in 2015. 

“About 45% of the home-based palliative care services — that is patients who need to get PC at home who are not eligible for hospice — are run by hospices that are delivering more than one service line,” Diane Meier, M.D., executive director of CAPC told Hospice News. “I want to encourage hospices to double down on that, because there is an enormous unmet need. And who better and who more knowledgeable than hospice professionals to extend their wonderful care to a large population of people who may live for quite a while with a burden of serious illness.” 

According to CAPC’s report, over 12 million adults and 400,000 pediatric patients live with serious illness, and by 2035, 78 million people in the United States will be older than 65, with 81% likely to suffer from more than one chronic health conditions.

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