Eligibility & Costs
The cost of hospice care is usually paid for by Medicare, private insurance, private pay, or from donations.
Medicare - The Standard for Hospice Eligibility
To be eligible for the Medicare hospice benefit, the patient's attending doctor and the hospice medical director must certify that the patient has 6 months or less to live if the disease runs its normal course. The doctor must re-certify the individual at the beginning of each benefit period (2 periods of 90 days each, then an unlimited number of 60-day periods). This is the standard for Hospice Eligibility for most payment sources.
To specifically use Medicare as a payment source, the patient signs a statement that says he or she understands the nature of the illness and of hospice care, and that he or she wants to be admitted to hospice. By signing the statement, the patient declines Medicare Part A and instead chooses the Medicare hospice benefit for all care related to his or her illness. A family member may sign the statement if the patient is unable to do so.
Most private insurance companies include hospice care as a benefit. Grace Hospice is contracted as a provider for most major insurance carriers.
Grace Hospice believes that hospice care is everyone’s right and it will not base admission to its program or the nature of its service based upon the patient’s ability to pay. All patients receive the same superior level of care.
For more information about Hospice Care in Oklahoma, please contact Grace Hospice at (918) 744-7223