We know that caregivers have many questions regarding hospice and the care of their loved ones. Below is information that can be helpful to the caregiver. As always we are here to answer any questions you may have in the care of your loved ones.
Medicare Hospice Benefits
Hospice is a covered benefit under Medicare, most private insurance companies and state Medicaid for those who qualify. Most patients are eligible to receive hospice benefits under his/her Medicare coverage. Autumn Care Hospice accepts the Medicare hospice benefit for 100 percent of the patient's hospice care and there is no co-payments for our services.
To be eligible for the Medicare hospice benefit, the patient must:
Under the Medicare hospice benefit program the patient elects to receive palliative treatment - that is treatment designed to ease the pain and discomfort, rather than attempting treatment designed to cure the disease. Under the Medicare hospice benefit, the patients waives the Medicare coverage for the treatment of a terminal illness, however, the patient has the choice to continue access to standard Medicare benefits for treatment of conditions unrelated to the terminal illness.
Hospice benefits available under the Medicare hospice program include:
Autumn Care Hospice accepts the benefits for 100 percent of the charges associated with our services under the state of Texas Medicaid Program. The services we provide under Medicaid are identical to those covered under Medicare.
Many private insurance programs cover Hospice programs. Please contact our office for further details.
Autumn Care Hospice works with all types of insurance providers including Managed Care/Health Maintanence Organizations (HMO's). These organizations must allow patients or the family caregiver to choose from all Medicare-certified hospices such as Autumn Care.
Hospice benefits are available to patients whose physicians certify his/her estimated life expectancy is six months or less if the illness were to proceed without intervention. Since Medicare recognizes that terminal illnesses do not have a predictable course, benefits can be available for additional periods with re-certification by the patient's phyisican.