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May 17, 2000

Prognostic Criteria for Hospice Eligibility

Author Affiliations

Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;283(19):2527. doi:10.1001/jama.283.19.2521

To the Editor: Dr Fox and colleagues1 make a significant contribution to the palliative care–hospice field by demonstrating the limitations of predicting the time of death in patients with terminal diseases. The findings lend further support to the call of the National Hospice Organization (NHO) for the elimination of local medical review policies (LMRPs) to justify hospice referrals for Medicare beneficiaries.

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