More Americans on Medicare Are Dying at Home Rather Than Hospital
More Medicare recipients are dying at home or assisted living facilities than they are in hospitals. That’s according to a report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
The study analyzed data from Medicare beneficiaries who died between 2000 and 2015. The report found the number of Medicare recipient deaths in hospitals decreased from 32.6% in 2000 to 19.8% in 2015. Deaths in a home or community setting increased from 30.7% in 2000 to 40.1% in 2015.
AARP reports the decrease in hospital stays lines up with health care policy changes that came with the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010. Hospitals were required to look at their hospitalization and readmission procedures and were held more accountable.