Who is eligible for Hospice Care?

Patients with limited life expectancy whose focus is now on physical, emotional, and spiritual comfort can apply for hospice care.

Where is Hospice Provided?

Hospice care is provided wherever the patient calls home, or at the home of a relative or a friend. Hospice care can also be provided in long-term care facilities, nursing homes, or hospitals.

Who pays for Hospice?

Hospice care is covered through Medicare, Medicaid, most private insurance plans, HMOs and private pay. Anyone can refer a patient to a hospice program.
To be admitted, a patient must:
-agree to treatment aimed at comfort rather than a cure
- have an incurable disease resulting in a limited life expectancy, as certified by a physician

Discontinuing Hospice

A hospice patient and or family may stop the hospice care at anytime and for any reason. If the patient and or family choose to discontinue the service, health care benefits from the traditional or managed care Medicare/Medical programs will continue. In some instances, patient’s condition improved, in remission and or stable that the hospice team believes that the patient cannot be certified and not eligible for the benefit. Patient may return to hospice care as long as eligibility criteria is met, certified by the physician and hospice team.