Hospice Eligibility & Cost

How do you know if you or a loved one are eligible for hospice care? How much does it cost? Does insurance pay for hospice care? Does Medicare pay for hospice or palliative care? These are important questions.
 

Eligibility

Those eligible include patients whose physicians have certified that their illness is terminal with a life expectancy of 6 months or less. The patient must be under a physician’s care; admission to the program requires a physician’s order.

 

Eligible Diagnoses Include (but not limited to):

  • Cancer

  • Heart Disease

  • Neurological Diseases

  • Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Parkinson’s Disease

  • Dementia

  • ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)

  • Respiratory Disorders

  • Liver Disorders

  • Kidney Disease

  • Lung Disease

  • HIV/AIDS

  • Stroke/Coma

 

In addition, patients do not have to be homebound to be admitted to hospice. Alacare Hospice wants all patients to remain as active as their condition permits.

 

Cost

Hospice care is covered by most insurance plans including Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance. If insurance coverage is not available or is insufficient, the patient and the family can elect to pay for services out of pocket. For patients with limited or no financial resources, Alacare may provide hospice services without charge.

 

You Have a Choice. Choose Alacare Hospice.