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Death of common sense: State forcing Lakeland hospice to shut down over clerical error

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Time after time, hospice has proven to be a godsend for patients, families and loved ones. Hospice allows individuals to die with dignity, to finish lives without the pain, loneliness and fear that often accompanies death. Outside the sterile environment of a hospital, hospice patients are free from the regimen of invasive procedures typically associated with the (ultimately futile) attempt to prolong life. With the invaluable role of hospice in quality end-of-life care, why then has the State of Florida ordered…

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