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Hospice offers compassionate care for terminally ill patients, providing services that separate it from other healthcare organizations. Reimbursement, outcomes, medication management issues, ethical questions and the relationship with patients and families are different that traditional healthcare solutions.

Medical malpractice insurance also is different. When writing this essential coverage for hospice, consider that emotions often complicate communications between families and caregivers, leading to more frequent allegations of malpractice and greater severity of malpractice claims. 

This is no small concern, as this industry has grown rapidly since its start just 40 years ago. The first hospices in the U.S. were opened in the mid-1970s by nurses who were inspired by the work of Dame Cicely Saunders. She effectively founded the hospice movement in 1967 with the opening of St. Christopher’s Hospice in London. 

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