FAQs About Hospice Care
Q: How can I pay for hospice services?
A: Our hospice care services are covered by Medicare. To qualify for Medicare coverage, the patient must choose hospice care and the physician must certify the patient as terminally ill with six months or less to live. In addition to Medicare, we also accept Medicaid, TriCare, Kaiser Permanente and other major insurances.
Q: Is hospice care only for patients with terminal cancer?
A: No, Hospice care is for anyone with an end-stage chronic illness, not just cancer.
Q: How do I know I am choosing the right hospice provider?
A: You should find out as much as you can about a hospice provider before you refer yourself or a loved one. Here are some questions you should ask:
- How long has the agency been in business?
- Is the agency licensed by the state and certified by Medicare?
- What services are provided to the family as well as the patient?
Additional information can be provided by the National Association for Homecare and Hospice, which provides a guide titled "Information about Hospice: A Consumer’s Guide." To access the guide, go to: www.nahc.org or call 202.546.4759. This guide also can be requested from Professional Healthcare free of charge on 866.243.1234.