Hospice Eligibility

What are the qualifications for Hospice care?

  • The patient/family elects or desires Hospice services
  • The patient must have a disease for which curative therapy is no longer effective, appropriate, or desired
  • The patient's attending physician and the Hospice Medical Director certify that the patient is terminally ill with a life expectancy of six months or less if the disease runs it's usual course.

How is Hospice paid for?

  • Medicare pays the entire cost of hospice services required to manage the patient's symptoms related to the terminal illness
  • There is no copay or deductible under the Medicare Hospice Benefit
  • Most private insurance plans, HMO's and other managed care organizations include hospice care as a benefit
  • There is never a charge to the patient or their family
  • Ongoing financial support is often received through local fund raisers, memorial gifts, or voluntary contributions.

Who can assist me in arranging Hospice services?

  • Your Physician
  • Hospital Staff
  • Family & Friends
  • Your Spiritual Leader
  • A Home Health Care Agency
  • Community Agencies