According to a study by Healthcare Market Resources, hospice utilization is on the decline for another year. According to the report, 2015 saw a continued “leveling off of hospice utilization nationwide.”
The study did show, however, that 11 states showed growth in hospice use from 2014 to 2015, eight of which showed more than 2% growth. Alaska and Wyoming showed decline of more than 11%.
Healthcare Market Resources predicts further decline due to regulatory pressure and a payment system that discourages long-term patients.