Southern States Have the Highest Hospice Medicare Spending
Southern states have the highest standardized Medicare payments per hospice beneficiary, according to a new report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
The report, The Hospice Utilization and Payment Public Use File (or Hospice PUF), contains information on 4025 hospice providers, 1.3 million hospice beneficiaries and over $15 billion in Medicare payments from 2014.
Medicare spent an average of $11,393 per hospice beneficiary for an average of 70 days of care in 2014. Eleven percent of the 1.3 million hospice beneficiaries that year had a live discharge from care. Meanwhile, 33 percent of beneficiaries spent more than 60 days in hospice care and 13 percent spent more than 180 days in hospice care.
Southern states spent the most per beneficiary, with South Carolina in first place, spending $14,778, followed closely by Alabama at $14,361 and Mississippi at $14,100 per beneficiary.
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