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In 2005, the average length of hospice stays for Medicare beneficiaries with Alzheimer’s disease was 99 days.

Medpac. Report to the Congress: Reforming the delivery system; 2008. http://www.medpac.gov/documents/reports/Jun08_EntireReport.pdf

Reference

Title
Report to the Congress: Reforming the delivery system
Publication Date
2008
Authors
Medpac
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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