High Hospice Penetration Reduces Hospitalization Even in Nonhospice Residents
February 27, 2015 | Aging Services Risk Management
Evidence already exists to support the idea that hospice enrollment is linked to lower risk of hospitalization among nursing home residents at the end of life. However, a study in the February 1, 2015, Journal of the American Medical Directors Association found that in nursing homes with higher percentages of residents enrolled in hospice, end-of-life hospitalization risk is lower among both hospice-enrolled and nonhospice residents. The researchers used administrative and other data for 506,000 nonhospice residents and 242,000 hospice-enrolled residents who died over a three-year period in 14,000 U.S. nursing homes. They used models to predict the probability of hospitalization in relation to hospice penetration and resident and nursing home characteristics.