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Nearly 1 In 5 Hospice Patients Discharged While Still Alive

Enlarge this image A recent study shows a link between high discharge rates for live patients and hospice profit margins. Gary Waters/Getty Images/Ikon Images hide caption toggle caption Gary Waters/Getty Images/Ikon Images Hospice care is for the dying. It helps patients manage pain so they can focus on spending their remaining time with loved ones. But in recent years, nearly one in five patients have been discharged from hospice before they die, according to government reports. A study published last month in the journal Health Affairs finds that hospices with…

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