Who pays for hospice?
Patients who are suffering from chronic and life-limiting illness, as well as those with terminal conditions do not have to pay for hospice care. Hospice care services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance plans.
Beneficiaries from these insurance providers can then enjoy the wide range of services to address their hospice care needs. Such needs also have to be medically ascertained by the primary care physician to make the patient eligible for hospice care coverage. If for instance the person enters remission or there is an improvement in the disease condition, the physician may discharge the patient from hospice care services. This is the instance where the patient is said to have “graduated” from the hospice care program.
When the patient graduates from hospice care, the coverage will shift back to the previous benefits prior to getting hospice care. For more information about payment plans or billing arrangements, please contact us.