Hospice–The Newest Con

I have a bit of experience on this subject…..my late father was tended to by a hospice company in the last year of his life…..he was not dying at the time…..but he needed help and hospice was gladly there to lend a helping hand…..at least we thought it was their plan.

Once you go on hospice you lose your doctor and have to use the hospital that they deem worthy…..and they happily do anything they can to help….as long as social security can be billed……

I was not going to make a deal out of what I thought of them but after I read this piece I felt like I had to say something…..

(Newser) – Hospice care is for the terminally ill, yet the number of “hospice survivors” jumped 50% in California between 2002 and 2012. Something to celebrate? Not quite: A Washington Post investigation into the $17 billion industry now dominated by for-profits reveals hospice companies recruit patients who aren’t dying because they need fewer visits, stay enrolled longer, and make them more money since Medicare pays about $150 a day per patient, whether or not they get a visit. Profits have exploded from $353 per patient in 2002 to $1,975 in 2012 in California—the data “offers a portrait of the industry,” the Post notes—and despite advice from watchdogs, Medicare has kept the financial incentives in place, at a potential loss of billions of dollars a year.

“It must be strange to be told you’re dying and then not die,” says a lawyer who’s filed several suits against hospice companies on behalf of ex-employees who claim some hospices have a “sign everybody up” policy; the companies have denied the claims. But the length of stay is important, too. On average, patients stay at nonprofit hospices for 69 days, and 102 days at for-profits, the Post notes. “If they come in very sick and die right away, it’s difficult to run a business that way,” says a former Delta Hospice worker. The branch she worked at had a survival rate of 63%, but hospices say that’s no sign of fraud. Per a Delta rep: “To state the obvious, terminal prognostication is not an exact science.” Click for the full piece

It seems that the doctor and the nurse that would visit my father missed a septic condition and pneumonia……..after I called the EMTs and admitted him into a hospital (was not their choice) they threatened to tell social security that the house was filthy and dank…..a typical cover your ass move…….but once I got my hackles up they quickly decided that there had been a miss communication or something equally lame.

In closing….it is a racket and social security and Medicare are being bilked out of millions every year….maybe instead of screwing the elderly we should look into these con artists and thieves.  Whatcha think?


6 thoughts on “Hospice–The Newest Con

  1. I have come to learn that if you look close enough these days there is a corporate mind set with just about any that has mass. There is nothing that can’t be exploited by the the profit motive.

    I did volunteer work for a hospice for a few months and was put with three different older men. One died within a week, another slowly regressed and died within about 3 months and the other was still still clicking along at last check. Two were given hospice cares at home and one had been moved to a facility twice, though the family was very close to their father and visited regularly.

    I hate the fact that hospices, like prisons are now seen as revenue sources and that “clients” are often victims of schemes perpetrated by laws that have the sticky greedy fingers of corporate special interests linked to them.

    1. Larry, the one I dealt with was all corporate. They made millions off people that weren’t really dying at the timne they went on the care. The nurse was wonderful….the doctor was a dick……after everything that happened it was about CYA not the good of the person and that made me a ranting raging bull……

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