Description of requirements for the patient to meet in order to get hospice services.
Medicare will still pay for covered benefits for any health problems that not related to a terminal illness.
The Hospice benefit is available through the Medicare program Part A, as well as through many private insurances. It requires that:
- A doctor and the hospice medical director certify that a patient is terminally ill and probably has less than six months to live
- Patients or their legal representatives sign a statement choosing hospice care instead of routine Medicare benefits for terminal illness
- Care must be provided by a Medicare-approved hospice program.
A team of doctors, nurses, hospice aides, social workers, counselors, and trained volunteers help patients and their families cope with terminal illness. In many cases, patients and their families can stay together in the comfort of home.
Community Health and Counseling Services will provide community health services that are needed and valued by the communities and individuals we serve.