More Veterans Gravitating Toward Home-Based Hospice Care

Posted Monday, November 2, 2020

According to a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Home Based Primary Care (VA-HBPC) rates of home hospice utilization among veterans increased over an eight-year period from 2008 to 2016.

“The current study observed important trends in site of death and hospice use,” Gillespie and Intrator told Hospice News. “Hospice use at home increased at a higher rate than among all VA-HPBC patients and male, non-veteran Medicare decedents, while hospice in nursing homes was higher throughout the 2008–2016 period. Overall, hospice use by veterans has been increasing over time, with a marked uptick in 2009 when VA’s Comprehensive End-of-Life Initiative was first implemented.”

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