Hospice care is reimbursed by Medicare and Medicaid, most private insurance policies, preferred provider organizations (PPOs) and other types of funding.
The Hospice-specific benefit under Medicare and Medicaid provides comprehensive coverage for palliative care services specific to the individual needs of the patient, caregiver and family. The benefit pays for VNA Hospice services that relate to the patient’s life-limiting illness and are outlined in the patient’s plan of care. These include medications, nutritional supplements, medical supplies and equipment, respite care, counseling services for patients and families and inpatient hospital care, as well as the services of physicians, nurses, social workers, home health aides, therapists, bereavement specialists and chaplains.
Coverage is available as a benefit under Part A to individuals who elect to receive non-curative care and services for their life-limiting illness by waiving the standard Medicare and Medicaid benefits for traditional treatment of the illness. However, patients may continue to access standard Medicare and Medicaid benefits for treatment of conditions unrelated to the hospice diagnosis.
Patients are not burdened with insurance paperwork, as VNA Hospice bills the patient’s health care plan directly. Since VNA Hospice believes that living well at the end of life is an option for all, services are provided regardless of limited insurance coverage or the patient’s inability to pay. Generous community support realized through donations, memorials, bequests and fundraising activities allows VNA Hospice to focus on quality of life issues rather than on financial considerations.