Hospice care has become big business for private equity firms, raising concerns about end-of-life care

ive here. The expansion of private ownership in hospice homes is recent enough that it seems that horror stories have yet to be discovered.

Written by Marcian Horlock, Senior Colorado Correspondent for Kaiser Health News, who has reported on healthcare for more than 25 years, including the Houston Chronicle, American Medical News, and most recently, The (Bend, Ore.) Bulletin. Originally published in Kaiser Health News

Hospice care, which was primarily provided by non-profit agencies, has undergone a remarkable transformation over the past decade, with more than two-thirds of hospice homes nationwide now operating as for-profit entities. The ability to make a quick buck in caring for people in the last days of their lives is attracting a new breed of hospice owners: private equity firms.

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