Facts and Figures Report on Hospice Care in America 2017 report by the NHPCO

In 2017, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization published a report on Hospice care in America. This report contains facts and figures on Hospice census and costs and gives a snapshot of what Hospice expenditure is like and the type of growth we may see in the future. Utilization of Hospice services and the current access to end-of-life services are reflected in this report and can be used as a basis for predicting the future of hospice care in relation to the current healthcare expenditures that have been a common topic of focus in the healthcare environment that we are in. Click on the link to view the report.

NHPCO Facts and Figures 2017

Facts and Figures Report 2017Of note as a portion of the National Health Expenditure, Medicare expenditure alone in 2016 was $672 billion. Hospice expenditure was 16.9 billion dollars in 2016 which reflects less than 3% of Medicare expenditure. Considering there is a larger expenditure in acute and curative care at the end of life where most of Medicare expenditures may escalate, there is a potential for savings if more end of life care is turned over to Hospice care. Also, still of concern in Hospice utilization is that a lot of patients are still being brought on to Hospice care too late and very near the end of life, reducing the benefits that can be obtained from the service.