More than 90 percent of hospices in the United States are certified by Medicare. Medicare defines a set of hospice core services, which many hospices surpass through voluntary, community-based efforts.
The Medicare Hospice Benefit, initiated in 1983, is covered under Medicare Part A (hospital insurance). Medicare beneficiaries who choose hospice care receive a full scope of non-curative medical and support services for their terminal illness. Hospice care also supports the family and loved ones of the patient through a variety of services, enhancing the value of the Medicare Hospice Benefit.
The Medicare Hospice Benefit provides for:
Who is Eligible?
Medicare/Medicaid has three key eligibility criteria:
Payment for Hospice
Source: The National Hospice and Palliatuve Care Organization (NHPCO)