The recent crisis facing hospices today has been one of economics. Without third-party reimbursement, it will be very difficult for hospices to continue to deliver the unique care that make them an innovative part of our health care system. As of November 1, 1983, hospices, if certified, are fully funded for care delivered to Medicare-eligible individuals who chose hospice. While seeming to be a panacea for financial ills, the regulations pose serious issues for hospices to address. It has also left hospice proponents feeling confused about the legislation's viability. Forseeable changes within many hospice structures must take place. This article summarizes the regulations and surfaces the upcoming issues.
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