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JAMA study finds increased use of ICUs in last month of life

A study published by JAMA reports a lower proportion of Medicare beneficiaries died in an acute care hospital in recent years, but both intensive care unit (ICU) use and the rate of health care transitions increased during the last month of life. The study included data from more than 800,000 Medicare beneficiaries who died between 2000 and 2009. Read more.


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