Palliation nation

The lede:

The proportion of hospitals with palliative care programs has more than doubled since 2000 to 53% of all facilities with more than 50 beds, according to a study in the October Journal of Palliative Medicine.

But the prevalence of hospital-based palliative care varies widely by state, and about 310,000 seriously ill patients a year lack access to such specialized care, said R. Sean Morrison, MD, co-author of the study and an accompanying state-by-state report card.

The whole shebang.