While staring down tighter reimbursements and intensified regulatory scrutiny, hospices are becoming interested in health care system integration because of improved access, collaboration, operational support, and financial stability. Hospices and hospitals are increasingly joining forces to provide goal concordant care, reduce costs and prevent readmissions, while supporting growth for the hospice. While most people wish to live their final moments at home, nearly 700,000 deaths still occur in hospitals, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Hospitals often are interested in collaborating with hospice organizations to improve patient satisfaction and quality metrics, such as decreased mortality, hospital readmissions, and intensive care unit (ICU) admissions.
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