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Hospice Saves Medicare Money

In a recent study from Duke University, Hospice Care actually saves Medicare dollars. It states that Hospice saves Medicare about 2,300 per patient. What is this world coming to if we do not provide for those that are sick and would like to die at home? Here is the link to the Duke University article: http://www.nhpco.org/i4a/pages/Index.cfm?pageID=5386 I'm really surprised and disappointed by some of the comments concerning this segment. It really proves how uneducated us Americans are about death and dying. If anyone does not support Hospice, you've never had their services. Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter is one of the best organizations in Southeastern North Carolina. We are all going to face our own end of life one day - I hope everyone has a chance to face it with Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter. If you believe in Hospice Care please assist them by -) 1) Write a letter to the editor to your local papers. Today, we're launching a new effort to involve your local media in the effort to stop the hospice rate cuts. We've provided template text, and all you have to do is customize it (if you wish) and choose from the provided list of local media to submit your letter. On the next screen, we even provide you with tips for customizing your letter to the editor. 2) Take a minute to send an email to the White House. You can still send a quick, customizable message to the White House by email if you click "Go" on last week's Legislative Action Alert. 3) Get hospice in the President's Purple Folder. Last week, we told you about the 10 letters from everyday Americans that get placed in a Purple Folder for the President to read each day. Dozens of you have shared your powerful letters to the President with us. Let's keep those personal letters to the President coming. Click here for tips and information on the President's Purple Folder. 4) It's not too late to call the White House Comment Line! If you haven't already, you can still call the White House Comment Line and leave a message for the President. Click here for talking points and the phone number. You can also learn more about the White House Comment Line by reading last week's View from the Hill column. Thanks for all you are doing to stop the hospice rate cuts! Your efforts are making a difference!

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