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Variability in Hospice Care at the Very End of Life

Eric Widera, MD1,2; Shaida Talebreza, MD3,4,5
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1Division of Geriatrics, Department of Internal Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
2San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, San Francisco, California
3Division of Geriatrics, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City
4George E. Wahlen Salt Lake City Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
5Inspiration Hospice, Salt Lake City, Utah
JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(3):370-371. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.7931.
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More than 1.6 million individuals in the United States receive hospice care every year,1 which is provided by an increasing number of hospice agencies. What started with a few small nonprofit hospice agencies in the 1970s is now a multibillion-dollar industry comprising nonprofit and for-profit companies that have doubled in number in the last 10 years. With this growth comes concern about variability in services and the quality of care delivered by hospice agencies.

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