The study authors explicitly state, "Families often face an uncomfortable choice: either they pay for room and board out of pocket to have access to hospice services, or they continue under the Medicare SNF benefit, relying on nursing home services for palliative and end-of-life services." The authors go on to say that "…for others who cannot receive SNF and hospice care concurrently for the same condition, this practice may lead to care that is not consistent with a patient's goals or to poorer quality end-of-life care."
"Families shouldn't have to forgo the benefits of hospice because of inconsistent polices. Patients and families ought to be able to seek the right care, at the right time, for the right reasons," the authors concluded.
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