What is Hospice Care?
Medical care to help someone with a life-limiting illness live as well as possible for as long as possible, increasing quality of life.
An interdisciplinary team of professionals who address physical, psychosocial, and spiritual distress focused on both the dying person and their entire family.
Care that addresses symptom management, coordination of care, communication and decision making, clarification of goals of care, and quality of life.
When is it time for hospice?
The patient has a life-limiting illness.
The patient is rapidly declining despite medical treatment (weight loss, mental status decline, inability perform activities of daily living).
Who pays for Hospice?
Medicare, Medicare HMO's, Medicaid and most private insurance companies cover hospice services.
The Hospice Benefit is guided by regulations set forth by Medicare.
Medicare divides the Benefit into designated periods of care. The first period is 90 days, the second period is 90 days, and then all subsequent periods are 60 days. At the beginning of each period of care, the Hospice must certify to the payor source that the patient is still an appropriate candidate for hospice services.
Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurances cover hospice care.