Who Is Appropriate For Hospice
Hospice Myths & Realities
Reality: A large number of hospice patients have congestive heart failure, Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, chronic lung disease or other conditions.
Reality: The Medicare benefit, and most private insurance, pays for hospice care as long as the patient continues to meets the criteria necessary. Patients may come on and off hospice care and reenroll in hospice care, as needed.
Reality: Many times individuals are eligible for hospice much sooner than they realize. Obtaining early support from hospice helps individuals and families more quickly control symptoms and maintain a better quality of life.
Reality: While hospice teams are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, they are not the primary caregiver. Rather, hospice will create a plan of care customized to meet the needs of the individual and their family. Hospice staff can help the family locate resources and support to meet those needs.
Paying for Hospice
Medicaid – Nearly all states offer hospice coverage under Medicaid. In general, Medicaid hospice benefits parallel the Medicare benefit, although there may be some variations in certain states.
Private Insurance – many managed care plans and most employer issued insurance plans offer a hospice benefit.
Private Pay – If insurance coverage is unavailable or insufficient, the patient and the patient’s family can discuss private pay and payment plans.