A new report from the National Hospice Care Research Institute (NHCRI) has found that hospice services are better than home care for some people who are unable to travel outside their homes.
Hospice services can save lives, according to the report, but are also more expensive.
Hospices can cost anywhere from $40 to $300 per month, depending on the severity of the illness, according the study.
The report also found that some states have higher rates of hospice access than others, and that it is a better option for people who can’t travel outside of their homes due to mental illness or disability.
The NHCRI study is an ongoing collaboration between the nonprofit organization that created the report and the University of Minnesota Health System.
It analyzed data from more than 5,000 Medicare beneficiaries and found that those who have hospice benefits are about as likely as non-insured individuals to live in a rural area with a rural hospital or nursing home.
Those who are not able to travel have the highest mortality rates of any group of Medicare beneficiaries, according a release from the group.
The findings of the NHCRAIS study come as the federal government is considering new regulations for hospice providers to ensure the quality and safety of hospices.
In November, the Food and Drug Administration said hospice facilities would have to meet certain health standards to be eligible for the program.
A group of lawmakers is also pushing for the government to set standards for the quality of hospicing services.
The study also found, however, that people who do not have access to hospice can still be better off than those who are living with a family member or in an assisted living facility.
The researchers found that people living in a nursing home or assisted living home were about one and a half times more likely to have a death compared to those living with family members or in a home.