Guest Host: Frank Sesno

Joe Takach talks to his friend Lillian Landry as she spends her last days in the hospice wing of an Oakland Park, Fla., hospital in October 2009.

Joe Takach talks to his friend Lillian Landry as she spends her last days in the hospice wing of an Oakland Park, Fla., hospital in October 2009.

About half of Americans of retirement age will receive end-of-life care from a hospice. Most hospices used to be nonprofits run by community or religious groups. But the number of for-profit hospice firms has tripled in the last 15 years. A new analysis by the Washington Post says that for-profit hospices often provide less nursing and crisis care. Join guest host Frank Sesno and a panel of guests for a discussion on the rise of the for-profit hospice industry and what it means for patients.

Guests

  • Dr. Joanne Lynn geriatrician, hospice physician and director of the Altarum Institute Center on Elder Care and Advanced Illness.
  • Peter Whoriskey reporter, The Washington Post.
  • Tim Cox CEO, The Washington Home and Community Hospices.
  • Norman McRae CEO, Caris HealthCare LP.

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Hospices vary widely in ways that can affect patient care. The Washington Post has gathered data largely from government sources on more than 3,000 hospices that participate in Medicare, which pays for the vast majority of hospice care in this country.

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