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  • NHPCO estimates that in 2009, 468,000 hospice volunteers provided 22 million hours of service, including: spending time with patients and families; providing clerical support; and helping with fundraising efforts.
  • Volunteer support is an important measure of quality in weighing hospice providers.  Medicare requires that 5% of total patient care hours annually are provided by volunteers.  Family Hospice volunteers exceed this standard, with 6% (more than 15,000 hours) for fiscal year 2010.