J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, responds to Georgia Health News’ article about hospice  in a...

J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, responds to Georgia Health News’ article about hospice  in a new GHN Commentary piece.

Schumacher says that while Medicare spending on hospice is rising, the dollars are well spent.  Every time a Medicare beneficiary uses hospice, the program saves about $2,300, he says.

“We must ensure that in our efforts to cut costs, we do not unintentionally prevent patients and families from accessing the most comprehensive, cost-effective, patient-centered care – hospice,’’ Schumacher writes in his Commentary.

Here’s a link to Schumacher’s Commentary.

Georgia Health News welcomes Commentary submissions. If you would like to propose a Commentary piece for Georgia Health News, please e-mail Andy Miller, editor of GHN, at  amiller@georgiahealthnews.com


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