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Nation Gets 'B' for Hospital Support Care

Still Too Little Palliative Care for Most People With Serious Illness

States Graded on Palliative Care

Of course, you can't get palliative care from a hospital that does not offer it.

Morrison and Meier graded states on the percentage of hospitals that have palliative care teams. They counted only hospitals with 50 or more beds, as palliative care savings may not offset costs for very small hospitals.

States got an A for having palliative care teams in 83% or more of their hospitals, a B for 61% to 80% of hospitals, a C for 42% to 60% of hospitals, a D for 28% to 38% of hospitals, and an F for 0% to 20% of hospitals.

States receiving an A grade

  • District of Columbia -- 100% of hospitals have palliative care teams
  • Maryland -- 90%
  • Minnesota -- 89%
  • Nebraska -- 93%
  • Oregon -- 88%
  • Rhode Island -- 88%
  • Vermont -- 100%
  • Washington -- 83%

States receiving a B grade

  • Arizona -- 69%
  • California -- 67%
  • Colorado -- 73%
  • Connecticut -- 72%
  • Florida -- 62%
  • Idaho -- 63%
  • Illinois -- 67%
  • Indiana -- 63%
  • Iowa -- 61%
  • Maine -- 71%
  • Massachusetts -- 67%
  • Michigan -- 76%
  • Missouri -- 75%
  • Montana -- 67%
  • Nevada -- 69%
  • New Hampshire -- 77%
  • New Jersey -- 80%
  • New York -- 75%
  • North Carolina -- 75%
  • North Dakota -- 67%
  • Ohio -- 80%
  • Pennsylvania -- 67%
  • South Dakota -- 78%
  • Virginia -- 78%
  • Wisconsin -- 74%

States receiving a C grade

  • Georgia -- 43%
  • Hawaii -- 58%
  • Kansas -- 47%
  • Kentucky -- 55%
  • Louisiana -- 43%
  • New Mexico -- 44%
  • South Carolina -- 51%
  • Tennessee -- 52%
  • Texas -- 42%
  • Utah -- 60%
  • West Virginia -- 55%
  • Wyoming -- 50%

States receiving a D grade

  • Alabama -- 28%
  • Alaska -- 29%
  • Arkansas -- 38%
  • Oklahoma -- 30%

States receiving an F grade

  • Delaware -- 20%
  • Mississippi -- 20%

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