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Study: Hospice cuts down on Medicare costs

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Twenty-six-percent of Medicare dollars are spent in the last year of a person's life.

As the government grapples with increases health care costs, a new study suggests that one solution is a larger emphasis on hospice care.

The report issued by Mount Sinai's School of Medicine shows the value of this end-of-life program, which takes the patient out of the hospital, reducing the use of expensive tests and other medical services.

Even though saving money isn't Hospice's main goal, the director of Hospice of Siouxland says it's a health care solution for the future.

"It's also about quality of care, and every provider is responsible to provide quality of care, but the reimbursement is going be tied to that quality," said Linda Todd.

Just yesterday, the Medicare Payment Advisory Committee, or Med-Pac, met to discuss a redesign of those Medicare reimbursements.  Sequestration has already cut the federal program two-percent.

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