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Dartmouth Atlas: Costs Rise for Medicare Patients at End of Life
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Chronically ill Medicare patients spent fewer days in the hospital and received more hospice care in 2007 than they did in 2003. Patients who were hospitalized, however, got more aggressive, intensive, and costly care, according to a new Dartmouth Atlas Project report on end-of-life care.

The study — Trends and Variation in End-of-Life Care for Medicare Beneficiaries with Severe Chronic Illness – was released Tuesday and found that Medicare patients diagnosed with severe chronic illness were less likely to die in a hospital and more likely to receive hospice care.