Impact of hospice disenrollment on health care use and medicare expenditures for patients with cancer.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Volume 28, Issue 28, p.4371-5 (2010)


2010, Aged, Center-Authored Paper, Chi-Square Distribution, Comorbidity, Emergency Service, Hospital, Female, Health Expenditures, Hospice Care, Hospitalization, Humans, Intensive Care Units, Male, Medicare, Neoplasms, Public Health Sciences Division, Risk Factors, SEER Program, United States


Patients with cancer represent the largest diagnostic group of hospice users, with 560,000 referred for hospice in 2008. Oncologists rely on hospice teams to provide care for patients who have completed disease-directed treatment and desire to remain at home. However, 11% to 15% of hospice users disenroll from hospice, and little is known about their health care use and Medicare expenditures.