Posted December 4, 2012

I wanted to share this article where Paula Span continues sharing her insight on a very difficult position for caregivers…

Forced to Choose: Exploring Other Options

By PAULA SPAN

I wrote last week about the poor choices facing patients, most very old and within six months of death, who need nursing home care after a hospitalization.

Medicare will pay for hospice, the acknowledged gold standard for those at the end of life and their families, and it will also pay for skilled nursing (known in this universe as the “sniff” benefit, for Skilled Nursing Facility or S.N.F.). But only rarely will it cover both at the same time, which creates a financial bind.

 

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