59 member hospices provide care for terminally ill people in a range of settings including their own homes, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, acute care facilities, hospice residences and freestanding hospice general inpatient units.
There are four free-standing hospice facilities located in Danvers, Worcester, Sandwich and Haverhill that provide general inpatient care, respite care and limited residential care.
In 2010, Massachusetts hospices cared for approximately 21,598 patients (40% of all deaths in Massachusetts).
The average length of stay for a hospice patient is 64 days.
The median length of stay is 23 days.
37.5% of the patients hospice cared for had a length of stay of 7 or fewer days.
66% of patients had a non-cancer diagnosis (e.g., congestive heart failure, Alzheimer’s Disease, end stage pulmonary disease).
42 % of patients cared for died at home; 48% died in a skilled nursing facility.
11 hospice programs provided pediatric palliative care for more than 200 children with life-limiting illnesses and their families.
Hospice Analytics, CMS Common Working File
H&PCFM Membership Applications 2010