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Hospices Reveal Obamacare’s Impact

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THE FOUNDRY

Two hospice care centers are struggling to make ends meet, and Obamacare’s cuts to Medicare are to blame.

Hospices—health care facilities for the terminally ill—along with other Medicare providers are facing Medicare pay cuts. Of the $716 billion in payment reductions, hospice care was hit by a $17 billion payment cut from 2013 to 2022.

Now, contrary to all of the misleading claims, this effect is already beginning.

San Diego Hospice recently laid off 260 workers, closed a 24-bed hospital, and has recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. San Diego Hospice’s financial condition is attributed mainly to reduced Medicare reimbursement, fewer patients, and a federal audit that hurt the center’s reputation.

Another provider, Delaware Hospice, had to lay off 52 workers, citing lower federal reimbursement as the cause. “The decision,” said CEO Susan Lloyd, “is a direct result of a consequential decline in census and the need to position the organization to meet additional changes and challenges that the hospice industry anticipates with health care reform.”

“There’s a bit of a squeeze going on,” said Theresa M. Forster, vice president for hospice policy and programs at the National Association for Home Care & Hospice. “Hospices have to do more with less, and you can see how that could take its toll over time.”

If other Part A providers (e.g., hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospices), like these hospice centers, can’t withstand Obamacare’s $700 billion worth of cuts, how will seniors be able to access these services?

MORE  http://blog.heritage.org/2013/02/12/hospices-reveal-obamacares-impact/

» 5 Comments

  1. Unruly Refugee

    February 13th, 2013

    In some of the American Indian tribes long ago, when a person got too old to function and they didn’t want to become a burden on others, they would walk out into the wilderness and let death come when it decides to come.
    That’s my plan too. Ain’t gonna die in a nursing home.

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  2. Stranded in Sonoma

    February 13th, 2013

    Don’t confuse me with any facts.

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  3. bitterclinger

    February 13th, 2013

    There has to be someone coherent who was laid off from hospice. That person NEEDS to shout “ObamaCare” from the rooftops to all his bretheren and sisteren.

    The Indonesian Idiot has successfully isolated himself from his policies. Having a rotten “healthcare” system named for him is a plus for our side.

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  4. factslady

    February 13th, 2013

    Unfortunately, while Obamacare carries his name, he’ll find a way to distance himself from it as he has sequestration and the ill effects of his other proposals. He’ll say that, like Congress, he didn’t read the bill or some other BS.

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  5. scr_north

    February 13th, 2013

    While Hospice Care may not be of very high import right now to the boomers and the younger generation(s) that will be paying through the nose for coverage (while Obama and his operators try for the real prize, single payor government run healthcare) it will sure become evident in the coming years that when a person is nearing the end of their life regardless of what care measures have been taken that a Hospice will provide that final care and empathy that is needed. Beggering them now will only ensure a cold, government bureacrat will direct your loved ones (or your own) final time on earth.

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