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Grand Rapids is 'best place to die' in US

January 15, 2018
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A research study ranks Grand Rapids as the “best place to die” in the country.

The study, "Policy and politics to drive change in end-of-life care: assessing the best and worst places to die in America," ranks nearly 300 regions of the country based on seven factors: deaths in ICU; deaths in hospital; those decedents who had to see 10 or more physicians in the last six months of life; decedents who were enrolled in hospice; decedents with 30-day re-admissions for all conditions; Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems, or HCAHPS, survey responses for provider communication; and HCAHPS survey responses for pain management.

Researchers Andrew MacPherson and Ravi Parikh of the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care used data from the Dartmouth Atlas, a source of information and analytics that organizes Medicare data by a variety of indicators linked to medical resource use.

The researchers published a post last month at The Washington Post, listing the “best” and “worst” places to die, based on the most updated data.

“Best places to die”

1.   Grand Rapids
2.   Appleton, Wisconsin
3.   Sarasota, Florida
4.   Ogden, Utah
5.   Dubuque, Iowa
6.   Asheville, North Carolina
7.   Cedar Rapids, Iowa
8.   Petoskey
9.   Green Bay, Wisconsin
10. St. Joseph

“Worst places to die”

1.   Las Vegas
2.   Miami
3.   Stockton, California
4.   East Long Island, New York
5.   Honolulu
6.   Newark, New Jersey
7.   McAllen, Texas
8.   Bronx, New York
9.   Manhattan, New York
10. St. Petersburg, Florida

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