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Pandemic Spurs Calls for Medicare to Expand At-Home Pain Care

Jan. 25, 2021, 10:46 AM

The Biden administration is fielding calls for a new Medicare experiment that would provide in-home symptom management, pain relief and other services to non-hospice patients with serious chronic illnesses.

Currently, this home-based palliative care, which focuses on patient comfort and improved quality-of-life, is only available in traditional Medicare through the hospice benefit for patients with less than six months to live.

But as more beneficiaries with underlying health conditions either contract Covid-19, or shun medical care for fear of contracting it, the need for more home-, or “community-based,” palliative care has grown.

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