More than 1.6 million individuals in the United States receive hospice care every year,1 which is provided by an increasing number of hospice agencies. What started with a few small nonprofit hospice agencies in the 1970s is now a multibillion-dollar industry comprising nonprofit and for-profit companies that have doubled in number in the last 10 years. With this growth comes concern about variability in services and the quality of care delivered by hospice agencies.
Widera E, Talebreza S. Variability in Hospice Care at the Very End of Life. JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(3):370-371. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.7931