Hospice services are generally made available to individuals deemed to be in the last six months of their lives. Data on the utilization of hospice services by Medicare beneficiaries show that their median survival time, after hospice admission, was 36 days. From this one data point—and any other knowledge you may have—what might you conclude about the utilization of hospice services? The difficulty in projecting end-of-life needs and end-of-life survival times?
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