For qualified beneficiaries, Medicare pays 100% of allowable charges for our services. Insurance covers our services as well. To qualify for this coverage certain conditions must be met.
To qualify for hospice, a doctor must certify that a patient needs hospice services and that a patient has a condition that could be life-limiting. Additionally, Medicare will not pay for hospice and curative treatments as the same time. Therefore, patients receiving hospice should be done with their curative treatments at the time. Patients may discharge themselves from hospice at any time to pursue curative treatments again. Hospice services are designed to last up to six months, but can be offered for longer than six months if there is an ongoing need. Unlike home health, hospice patients are not required to be homebound. Also, do-not-resuscitate orders (DNRs) are optional in hospice. Patients may choose to be resuscitated or to have a DNR.
LifeCare delivers AIM (at-home palliative care) under a patient’s home health benefits. To qualify for home health, a patient should have the following:
If you are thinking about hospice, palliative care, or home health, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to answer any questions and even visit your home for a free consultation.