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Hospitalizations Up For the Terminally Ill
Health Leaders Media

Despite efforts to reduce aggressive and expensive care for the terminally ill, a greater percentage of dying Medicare patients underwent hospitalization in their last 90 days—not fewer—and more patients spent time in intensive care units in their last month in 2009 than in 2000, says a surprising report.

The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that the percentage of patients hospitalized in their last 90 days of life went from 62.9% in 2000 to 69.3% in 2009. And the percentage of patients who spent time in the intensive care unit in their last 30 days went from 24.3% to 29.2%.