You can get Medicare Hospice
benefits when you meet all of these conditions:
What Medicare Won’t
When you choose hospice care, you’ve decided that you no longer want care to cure your terminal illness and/or your doctor has determined that efforts to cure your illness aren’t working. Medicare won’t cover any of these once you choose hospice care:
Hospice is a special way of caring for people who are terminally ill, and for their families. This care includes physical care and counseling. The goal of hospice is to care for you and your family, not to cure your illness. Hospice is a program of care and support for people who are terminally ill. The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) Regulates and Licenses Texas Hospice programs.
Here are some important facts about Hospice:
Hospice is a program of care and support for people who are terminally ill. Here are some important facts about hospice:
Your doctor and the hospice team will work with you and your family
to set up a plan of care that meets your needs. Your plan of care
includes hospice services that Medicare covers. For more specific
information on a hospice plan of care, call your area hospice
If you qualify for hospice care, you’ll have a specially trained team and support staff available to help you and your family cope with your illness. You and your family members are the most important part of the team. Other people on the team may include:
In addition, a hospice nurse and doctor are on-call 24 hours a day,
7 days a week to give you and your family support and care when you
A hospice doctor is part of your medical team. Your regular doctor or a nurse practitioner can also be part of this team as the attending medical professional to supervise your care. However, only your regular doctor (not a nurse practitioner that you’ve chosen to serve as your attending medical professional) and the hospice medical director can certify that you’re terminally ill and have 6 months or less to live.
The hospice benefit allows you and your family to stay together in the comfort of your home unless you need care in an inpatient facility. If the hospice team determines that you need inpatient care, the hospice team will make the arrangements for your stay.
What You Pay For Hospice Care ~
Medicare pays the hospice provider for your hospice care. There’s no deductible.
For example, if Medicare pays $100 per day for inpatient respite
care, you’ll pay $5 per day. The amount you pay for respite care can
change each year.
How Long You Can Receive Hospice Care?
Hospice care is intended for people with 6 months or less to live if the disease runs its normal course. If you live longer than 6 months, you can still get hospice care, as long as the hospice medical director or other hospice doctor re-certifies that you’re terminally ill.
Important: Hospice care is given in benefit periods. You can get hospice care for two 90-day periods followed by an unlimited number of 60-day periods. At the start of each period, the hospice medical director or other hospice doctor must re-certify that you’re terminally ill, so you can continue to get hospice care. A benefit period starts the day you begin to get hospice care and it ends when your 90-day or 60 day period ends. Source:www.medicare.gov
Additional Hospice and Home Health Resources ~
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