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A Perspective on Hospice Reform and Additional Caregiver Support

Jessica Conway Church, CPNP, MS1; Shane Eleanor Conway McCoin, JD2
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1Children’s Hospital Colorado, University of Colorado at Denver, Denver
2Ellison, Schneider & Harris, LLP, Kansas City, Missouri
JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(7):1032. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.2734.
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To the Editor The Original Investigation1 and Invited Commentary2 concerning hospice care published in a recent issue of JAMA Internal Medicine validated our experience caring for our 39-year-old sister who died of cancer in early 2015. We are disappointed to learn that our experience was similar to 12.3% of Medicare hospice beneficiaries who died in 2014. Although it is promising that Medicare and Medicaid plan to change payment policies to encourage more visits, it is too late for us, and more must be done to improve hospice care.

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July 1, 2016
Shaida Talebreza, MD; Eric Widera, MD
1Division of Geriatrics, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City2Home Based Primary Care (HBPC), Salt Lake City, Utah3George E. Wahlen Salt Lake City Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Salt Lake City, Utah4Inspiration Hospice, Salt Lake City, Utah
5Division of Geriatrics, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco6Hospice & Palliative Care, San Francisco VA Medical Center, San Francisco, California
JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(7):1032-1033. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.2742.
July 1, 2016
Joan M. Teno, MD, MS; Michael R. Plotzke, PhD
1Gerontology and Geriatrics, University of Washington, Seattle
2Abt Associates, US Health Division, St Louis, Missouri
JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(7):1033. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.2745.
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