CMS demo makes a mockery of hospice care philosophy
Regarding “CMS will try offering hospice patients palliative, curative treatments” (ModernHealthcare.com, March 18), this makes a mockery of hospice philosophy. Hospice is not a place or a logistical matter; it is a presence of mind. It is mutually exclusive to simultaneously attempt cure and pursue end-of-life care. Those who attempt both do both poorly, and risk greater toxicity from aggressive therapies taken less seriously. The quality of an individual’s remaining life will suffer as a result. These “experts” clearly have little hands-on experience. I am frankly appalled that Sen. Ron Wyden would consider the choice between hospice and curative care to be a false one. That is the defense of an uneducated person.
Dr. John Rochat Mendocino Coast Hospital District
Fort Bragg, Calif.