Hospices in the U.S. care for over 1 million terminally ill patients annually but are one of the least-inspected areas in U.S. health care, many receiving inspections less than once every six years. By contrast, federal law requires that Medicare have inspections of nursing homes conducted about every year and health-care agencies every three years.Read related article.

Sources: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid; Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General | Peter Whoriskey and Cristina Rivero/The Washington Post June 26, 2014
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