Medicare Part A, Medicaid and many private insurance plans cover Hospice care at home, which reduces out of pocket expenses. Enhancements to our hospice program not covered by insurance – including comfort items and experiences for our patients – are supported by individual donors.
Curative or aggressive therapies, hospitalizations, Emergency Department visits, ambulance transport, laboratory and other diagnostic testing are not covered under the hospice benefit unless specifically authorized by the hospice team. The benefit does not include 24-hour caregivers in the home
How does the Medicare Hospice Benefit work?
- An initial assessment by the hospice nurse and/or physician determines eligibility
- A patient specific Hospice Plan of Care is developed in collaboration with the VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice team, the patient’s doctor, the patient and caregivers
- Services are provided wherever the patient calls home, including Skilled Nursing Facilities, Assisted Living Facilities and, primarily, private residences
- Patient care is provided by the family/caregivers with support of the hospice team through intermittent visits
- A hospice nurse is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.