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Medicare Advantage Plans Offering Palliative Care Plans Quadrupled for 2020

Posted on Monday, January 13, 2020 12:48 PM

According to a new study conducted by Duke University, in 2020 sixty-one Medicaid Advantage plans are offering palliative care versus fifteen in 2019.  Hospices continue to provide about 50% of home-based palliative care according to the Center to Advance Palliative Care, and more providers are diversifying their services lines to include palliative care continues to increase.

“Folks who have a serious or advanced illness but are still pre-hospice can start taking advantage of some of these [supplemental] benefits, like home-based palliative care or perhaps other types of palliative care, adult daycare and other types of services that may help them manage that stage of the disease, as well as hopefully encourage better conversations and end-of-life planning with their clinicians,” said Robert Saunders, research director for payment and delivery reform at Duke University’s Margolis Center for Health Policy, and co-author of the report.

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