Regarding "CMS hospice plans draw mixed reactions":
The upcoming CMS hospice demonstration is a critical step in the evolution of end-of-life care. I experienced this situation firsthand two years ago when my mother died from advanced lung cancer. It was incomprehensible to me at the time that we had to navigate a complex web of coordination from multiple providers and time her transition to a disassociated in-home hospice provider in way that maximized her quality of life. The situation was exacerbated by her multiple comorbidities and by subpar quality of care by her hospice team that prompted investigations after her death by both CMS and state officials.