Who Pays For Hospice?

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The Medicare/Medicaid hospice benefit and most private insurances cover: care by the hospice team, medications, equipment and supplies. Our insurance specialists understand the changing rules and will assist you in determining eligibility and researching all available resources.

These benefits do not provide for Hospice House room and board. However our staff will work with the patient and his or her family. Our mission is to make all of our services available regardless of ability to pay.

Covered services include:

Services of the hospice team: physician (and communication with your primary care physician), nurses, hospice aides, medical social workers, spiritual counselors, volunteers and grief counselors.

Specialized services: occupational therapy, speech and dietary therapy and counseling services as ordered by your care team and listed in the Plan of Care. Hospice Alliance also provides Benevolent Touch Therapy (light massage), Music Therapy, and Volunteer Pet Therapy.

Medications: The Medicare hospice benefit covers medications needed to treat the patient’s life-limiting illness. Hospice Alliance will order medications for you and arrange for delivery. Medications for a condition not related to the life-limiting illness – for example, allergy medications – are not covered by the hospice benefit.

Medical supplies: The hospice team will work with the family to determine the medical supplies and equipment the patient needs. Hospice Alliance will order the equipment and have it delivered to the home.

Continuous Care: When a patient experiences an acute episode of medical symptoms, such as pain, nausea, vomiting or respiratory distress, the Medicare/Medicaid hospice benefit provides for continuous nursing care, from an 8-hour period up to several days, until symptoms are managed.