THE MEDICARE HOSPICE BENEFIT

Thinking about starting hospice or palliative care?

Primary Goal
The Hospice philosophy is about providing comfort and focusing on quality of life.
Types of Care
Hospice provides visits by Physicians, Nurses, Hospice Aides, Social Workers, Chaplains, Bereavement, and Volunteers.
How is care covered?
For patients with Medicare, hospice is covered 100%; Medicaid (AHCCCS), and many private insurance plans offer coverage as well.
Patient Eligibility
Patients must have a terminal illness and a prognosis of six months or less if the disease runs its natural course, and be certified by a Physician.

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Hospice Care Paid by Medicare, Insurance Palliative Care Paid by Insurance, Self

  • Prognosis of 6 months or less
  • Excludes curative treatment
  • Wherever patient calls home
  • Any stage of disease
  • Same time as curative treatment
  • Typically in a hospital setting

CONSIDER HOSPICE CARE

Answer these key questions

Hospice provides control over care at the end of life, begin the discussion today.

  • Have you been to the Hospital in the last year?
  • Has a Doctor told you that you have a limited life expectancy?
  • Have you had a fall or injury recently?
  • Have you made frequent calls to your Doctor?
  • Are you having more frequent pain?
  • Is most of your day spent in bed or a chair?
  • Do you need assistance with everyday tasks, such as bathing?
  • Have you noticed a decline in mental cognition?
  • Have you had sudden unexplained weight loss?
  • Are you feeling more tired or weak?

Let us bring our care to you

If you are thinking about hospice appropriateness, please contact us. Our staff will help address your questions or send a Nurse to evaluate the patient at no cost. With this information, you’ll have a better sense of when the time is right for hospice or palliative care.

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