The online headline of the WaPo’s latest on the Medicare hospice benefit (in fairness to the author, they typically don’t have control over headlines; but the article itself has such competing themes, it would be hard to figure out the headline):
Lethal doses: the dangers of hospice care
The hospice industry is booming, but concerns are rising about treatments for patients who aren’t near death.
If you stopped at the headline, and sub-headline you would get several ideas:
- Hospice is enrolling patients who aren’t dying
- Lethal doses of medicines are being given, meaning either euthanasia or homicide is occurring (depending upon the state there is no legal difference between the two)
- Hospice is booming, presumably due to enrolling and then killing patients who aren’t dying