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Hospice participation has grown at a dramatic rate, especially among those involved with Medicare. According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), in 2014, an estimated 1.6 to 1.7 million patients received hospice services. The NHPCO reports a total of 6,100 hospice programs in operation in 2016—an increase of 1,600 programs since 2006. This number is expected to increase as the population ages and health care costs rise. The U.S. Bureau of the Census estimates that the number of individuals aged 65 or older will more than double by 2030. 

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