Who Pays for Hospice Care?
Hospice care services are covered by Medicare Part A, so Medicare beneficiaries typically receive hospice care at no personal cost. Medicaid and private insurance may also offer coverage for hospice care and palliative care.
Because disease outcomes often fluctuate, coverage is not typically limited to six months even though hospice care is intended for patients with a terminal diagnosis. As long as a physician presents a referral indicating an expected lifespan of six months or less, the actual course of the disease may necessitate a longer or shorter time spent in hospice care.
Hospice benefits typically cover regular visits from hospice staff members, including hospice nurses, counselors, home health aides and volunteers. Hospice programs also provide medical supplies necessary for end-of-life care.
Three Oaks Hospice Mission
Three Oaks Hospice is dedicated to caring, compassionate care at the end of life. The hospice team works with the patient’s doctor and family to create a comprehensive care plan that focuses on comfort over treatment.
The core values of Three Oaks Hospice include a commitment to listen, care and serve. Treating patients with dignity and compassion is at the core of the hospice mission.
Three Oaks Hospice also focuses on a team-oriented approach, which means working closely with primary care providers to ensure patients have all they need for optimal comfort. Coordination with regular health care providers also helps keep disease symptoms under control, since hospice team members can quickly alert the physician to any changes in health status or new side effects noted during regular home visits.