Eligibility & Payment
- Patients generally become eligible for hospice care when the attending physician and the hospice medical director certify that an illness is terminal and the prognosis is 6 months to live or less if the disease runs its normal course.
- Hospice isn’t only for people with cancer. Center for Hospice Care serves patients with ALS, Alzheimer’s, dementia, heart, lung, and liver-related illnesses, and other conditions.
- Center for Hospice Care is a Medicare/Medicaid certified hospice agency – and both Medicare and Medicaid have a Hospice Benefit. This the is most common form of payment for our services.
- We also have contracts with most private insurance companies, and most have a “hospice benefit” which may include but is not limited to:
- Nursing care
- Social worker
- Hospice Aide
- Medical supplies
- Medical equipment (wheelchair, hospital bed, oxygen)
- Drugs for symptom control and pain relief
- Physical and occupational therapy. Speech therapy and dietary counseling
- Grief counseling
- Short term inpatient care and respite care
- NOTE: If you are not ready to elect your “hospice benefit” and are admitted to our palliative care program, you will need to meet the criteria of your particular insurance plan.
- These criteria may include but are not limited to being “homebound” and able to leave home only for MD appointments and church.
- Accessing Center for Hospice Care services under private insurance often requires that the following criteria be met:
- The patient requires the need of “skilled nursing “services
- The patient meets the criteria for accessing medical equipment
- The patient may have a co-pay or deductible
If you are not sure about your insurance coverage, contact us.