Many causes have been pointed to in explaining the nation's 4 percent annual rate of healthcare inflation. They include an aging population, technological and pharmaceutical advances, medical errors, inappropriate or unnecessary treatments, defensive medicine, duplication, fraud, waste and abuse. Now, a new report from the Office of Inspector General, as well as a study from Harvard University, says there's another reason: the growth of for-profit hospice providers.
Federal report: For-profit hospices drive up healthcare costs
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