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Hospice Care

It's important to understand that hospice care is not just for people on their deathbed.

Hospice care is a philosophy of care. But hospice care also is a specific insurance benefit to cover the cost of therapy that maintains or improves quality of life for a patient with a disease that can’t be cured. This is also the case if the patient has declined aggressive treatment to cure it.

“The focus of hospice is based on the belief that each of us has the right to die pain-free and with dignity, and that our loved ones will receive the necessary support to allow us to do so.”

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

Patients must be certified by a physician that their life expectancy is less than six months if the illness runs its expected course. This process is repeated after a set amount of time according to Medicare guidelines. Patients are either certified again or taken off hospice care if their condition improves. They can decide to be off hospice as their condition changes.

Learn more about what is required for hospice at www.Medicare.gov.

  • Last Edited 03/30/2018