MassHealth Hospice Program: Overview and Analysis Final Report

Friday, June 1, 2012
Teresa Anderson, MSW, PHD
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Debi Lang, MS
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Heather Posner, MA
University of Massachusetts Medical School

The MassHealth Hospice Program: Overview and Analysis study employed mixed methods to conduct a descriptive analysis of primary and secondary data, using document review, key informant interviews, and MassHealth claims and enrollment data. This report explains the structure and implementation of the hospice benefit, examines the increase in hospice benefit utilization and expenditures, assesses member and family satisfaction with the benefit, and describes end of life services provided by Medicaid programs in five states.

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