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NHPCO reports one-year stay secured on benefits cut
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) reported that the nation's hospice community "claimed a significant victory" when President Obama signed The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
The law, according to NHPCO, includes a one-year moratorium on cuts in Medicare funding for the more than 4,700 hospice programs in the United States, a move that had been made by the Bush administration last year.
NHPCO said the phased funding cut would have taken $135 million away from hospices in FY 2009, threatening quality end-of-life care for patients and eliminating about 3,000 jobs.