In an original investigation published today in JAMA Health Forum, Mount Sinai researchers describe how older adults with Medicare Advantage (MA) plans are more likely to enter hospice care from the community settings, versus inpatient stays in hospitals and…
Hospices vary widely in prescribing of “comfort kit” medications
Hospices often prescribe medicines like Xanax, Haldol and Seroquel to patients to ease end-of-life symptoms, but a new study shows very wide variation in the chances patients will get these drugs.
Study Documents Racial Differences In U.S. Hospice Use And End-Of-Life Care Preferences
In a new medical records analysis of racial disparities in end-of-life care, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine and three collaborating institutions report that Black patients voluntarily seek substantially more intensive treatment, such as mechanical ventilation, gastronomy tube insertion, hemodialysis, CPR and multiple emergency room visits in the last six months of life, while white patients more often choose hospice services.