Hospice care has grown so rapidly in recent years, climbing fromnationally in 2005 to 1.27 million in 2012, that it has reshaped the healthcare industry in New Jersey.
One area where this change can be seen most dramatically is in home care. Hospice — care at the end of life focused on relieving suffering — was once delivered in a separate facility. But since Medicare began providing a hospice benefit in 1983, most of the care has been provided in people’s homes.
The growth in the use of hospice, combined with its shift to the home, recently led an industry trade association to incorporate the word “hospice” into its name for the first time — the Home Care and Hospice Association of New Jersey. More.