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Vermont's elders live with dignity and independence in settings they prefer

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Hospice enrollment: Percentage of chronically ill Medicare decedents age 65 and older who were enrolled in hospice during the last 6 months of life


Story Behind the Curve

Vermont ranked 46th among US states in 2014 (2018 report). Target values are US values, i.e. across all states.

While Vermont has low enrollment in hospice for this cohort, Vermont also has a high rate of deaths in hospital.  Efforts by hospice providers and physician practices to enroll more people in hospice could support people dying in settings that are often more personal and satisfying than the hospital, while also deducing the costs of end of life care.


Hospice focuses on caring, not curing.  In most cases care is provided in the patient's home. Hospice care also is provided in freestanding hospice centers, hospitals, nursing homes, and other long-term care facilities. Hospice care involves a team-oriented approach to expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient's needs and wishes. Support is provided to the patient's loved ones as well.  At the center of hospice and palliative care is the belief that each of us has the right to die pain-free and with dignity, and that our families will receive the necessary support to allow us to do so.

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Notes on Methodology

Hospice Care is the percentage of Medicare decedents aged 65 years and older enrolled in hospice care in the last six months of life after a diagnosis of one of nine chronic conditions with a high probability of death. The senior ranks are based on 2014 data from The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care. The percentage of Medicare decedents aged 65 and older enrolled in hospice care in the last six months of life varies from 30.7% in North Dakota to 65.8% in Arizona. Nationally, 52.0% of Medicare decedents were enrolled in hospice care in the last six months of life.

Source: United Health Foundation Senior Health Rankings.

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