Hospice is considered skilled health services and is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private health insurance plans. Provided all eligibility requirements are met, Medicare and Medicaid will pay for all home visits, medications, supplies, and equipment related to end of life care. Some private insurance plans require a co-pay or deductible. Contact your insurance company to determine if hospice services are covered under your plan.
If insurance coverage is not available, hospice care can be provided to patients for a set daily fee, regardless of the amount of visits, medications, or equipment required in the home environment. Individuals and families who cannot afford the cost of services can complete an application for financial assistance. Inability to pay or lack of insurance is never a barrier to receiving care.
Hospice patients continue to receive care from their regular physician. Their physician is able to bill most insurance for any services that are rendered.
Attending physicians should contact their billing staff with any questions or concerns regarding reimbursement for services.