Vulnerable elders receive on average only half of recommended care; for conditions that affect primarily the elderly, they receive appropriate care less than one-third of the time. Interventions based on ACOVE indicators can improve the care physicians provide to older adults.
Uses a literature search to identify quality measures for palliative cancer care and the evidence to support their use in pain, dyspnea, depression, and advance care planning, and to ascertain research gaps.
Patients who choose hospice care cost the federal Medicare system more than patients who use only traditional medical care, a finding that is contrary to traditional views that hospice care is less costly to provide.
Using the 1992 National Home and Hospice Care Survey, a representative survey of home and hospice care agencies and their patients, the authors investigated charge and payment differentials for home health services across different payors.