Medicare will pay for your hospice care if you have Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) and meet these eligibility criteria:
• The hospice medical director and another physician (e.g., your primary care physician or a referring physician) both certify that you’re terminally ill (you’re expected to live 6 months or less).
• You accept comfort-directed care instead of curative treatment.
• You sign a statement choosing hospice care instead of other Medicare-covered treatments for your terminal illness and related conditions.
• After 6 months, you may continue to receive hospice services as long as the hospice medical director re-certifies that your condition has continued to decline.
Medicare Health Maintenance Organization
Medicare HMOs, such as Kaiser Permanente and Secure Horizons, cover hospice care. You do not have to relinquish other HMO coverage to receive hospice care.
Colorado Medicaid has a hospice benefit for patients who qualify for regular Medicaid benefits. Colorado Medicaid pays for the same hospice services as Medicare. In addition, room and board in a skilled care facility or assisted living community may be covered through Medicaid.
In most cases, private insurance plans will provide a hospice benefit. Touch of Care Hospice will verify your eligibility.
Please contact Touch of Care Hospice for payment arrangements.