Palliative care more common at nonprofits, bigger hospitals

Although palliative care at hospitals has more than doubled since 2000, care varies by hospital type and by state, according to a new survey by the Center to Advance Palliative Care and National Palliative Care Research Center. The report found that 1,568 (or 63 percent) of 2,489 hospitals surveyed had palliative care teams, reports Kaiser Health News. Smaller hospitals and for-profit institutions were less likely to have palliative care teams. Vermont and Washington, D.C., were the only two jurisdictions in the country with palliative care teams in all their major hospitals. Article