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Cancer care varies widely among similar hospital types: study
Modern Healthcare

No particular type of hospital provides care for cancer patients that is more consistent with National Quality Forum-endorsed measures, such as lower rates of intensive-care unit use in the last month of life or receiving hospice care for fewer than three days, according to a new study in the April issue of the journal Health Affairs. Researchers from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice analyzed data of more than 215,000 Medicare patients with poor-prognosis cancer—meaning they were likely to die within a year—at about 4,400 hospitals across the country from 2003 to 2007.