Paying For Hospice

What hospice services will Medicare pay for?

Medicare pays for all services related to the terminal diagnosis including:

  • Doctor services
  • Nursing care and visits
  • Medical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, bedside commodes
  • Medical supplies such as skin care items, urinary catheters, incontinence items
  • Medications for pain or symptom relief
  • Hospice Aide services
  • Social Worker visits
  • Grief and loss counseling for patient and family/caregivers
  • Short-term inpatient care for symptom control
  • Short-term respite care for caregiver relief

What Medicare does not cover when choosing hospice care

  • Treatment focused on curing terminal illness
  • Medications required to treat non-terminal diagnosis
  • Treatment and care not arranged by the hospice interdisciplinary team and unrelated to the terminal diagnosis
  • Room and board charges for nursing homes or residential hospice centers
  • Emergency room visits unless arranged by the hospice interdisciplinary team
  • Ambulance transportation unless arranged by hospice interdisciplinary team

Private Insurance

Many private insurance companies now provide a benefit for Hospice as does Medicare and Medicaid. Be sure to read your insurance policy carefully to determine whether or not you have a Hospice care benefit. The patient's family will be responsible for any deductibles and co-insurance that are applied to the Hospice of Salina bill.

If you are unsure if your health insurance policy includes a Hospice benefit, ask your insurer; our social worker and billing clerk will work with you to find information. Call our office at (785) 825-1717 for assistance.