Do Medicare HMOs and Medicare FFS differ in their use of the Medicare hospice benefit?

B. A. Virnig, N. A. Persily, R. O. Morgan, C. A. DeVito

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Abstract

This study compares use of the hospice benefit in Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) and Medicare risk-health maintenance organization (HMO) options in South Florida in 1992. A higher percentage of deaths occurred in hospice in the HMO option than in the FFS option. Compared to individuals in the FFS option, HMO-enrolled hospice users had longer lengths of hospice stay, lower 7-day mortality and higher 180-day (6 month) survival. These differences are consistent with the physician's financial incentives associated with the two programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalThe Hospice journal
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1999

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