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Opinion: Fraud, waste, and abuse in the Medicare hospice program is ‘repellent’

It's unthinkable that patients at their most vulnerable could be abused or exploited in hospice care.

Like many Americans, I have a story about hospice care for a loved one. When my father was dying from complications of dementia and diabetes, hospice caregivers sat with him, provided pain relief, and helped him be comfortable. They also gave my mother peace of mind that her beloved husband was receiving kind attention in his final weeks. To this day, she refers to those hospice workers as angels.

Sadly, not every family’s story is a positive one.

Some patients experience days of pain

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