Understanding Hospice

Hospice puts you and your family at the center.

While traditional medical care focuses on treating disease and illness, hospice care focuses on improving the quality of life for a terminally-ill patient, as well as providing support for their family. Hospice care provides a team-oriented approach to delivering medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support that’s tailored to the patient’s needs and wishes.

After a doctor has exhausted all reasonable options and believes in his/her medical judgment that a patient is eligible for hospice, they can write a hospice referral so that the patient gets the care they need and their family can get the support they deserve.

 

HOW TO QUALIFY

In order to qualify for hospice, a medical doctor must exhaust all reasonable attempts to finding a cure for their patient. When the doctor makes the determination that their patient is terminally-ill, they can write a hospice referral so that the patient can get the care they need, and the patient’s family can get the support they deserve.

Hospice care compared to curative treatment:

Hospice Care Curative Treatment
Primary Focus Patient's quality of life; physical, emotional, spiritual support Patient to overcome the illness and to promote recovery
Physical Care Palliative care: seeks to relieve pain and physical discomfort, neither seeks to prolong life nor hasten death Curative treatment: seeks to prolong life, intensive care can involve pain and physical discomfort
Emotional and Spiritual Support One of the core components of hospice care Supplementary to physical treatment
Place of Care Generally in the home; also can be in nursing facilities or assisted living settings Usually hospitals or clinics
Family Support & Involvement Integral to hospice care Secondary to treatment
Support for Family & Friends Integral to hospice care Secondary to treatment
After Death Bereavement care offered to family and friends for over a year Death concludes treatment

Who Pays for Hospice

No patient is ever turned away, regardless of their insurance or financial situation.

MEDICARE
When you have Medicare Part A, the cost of care related to your terminal illness and related conditions will be covered by Medicare. When you have a Medicare Advantage Plan, Medicare will cover everything you need related to your terminal illness and related conditions.

For more information about hospice as a Medicare benefit or to receive a Medicare handbook, call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).

MEDI-CAL or MEDICAID
When you have Medi-Cal or Medicaid as your primary insurance, the cost of care related to your terminal illness and related conditions will be covered by Medi-Cal or Medicaid.

PRIVATE INSURANCE
When you have private insurance, please check with your insurance as not all private insurance provides coverage for hospice care. In case of private insurance coverage, you may also have out-of-pocket responsibilities when you elect to receive hospice services.

What Services does the Hospice Benefit Cover?

When included as part of the Hospice Plan of Care
  • Physician and nursing care
  • Medication for pain control and symptom management
  • Medical supplies relating to the hospice diagnosis
  • Home medical equipment relating to the hospice diagnosis
  • Counseling (spiritual, emotional, dietary)
  • Therapists (speech, physical, occupational)
  • Short-term inpatient and respite care
  • Home Health Aide/Homemaker services
  • Bereavement support
  • Volunteers
What services are not covered?
  • Services unrelated to the hospice diagnosis and related conditions
  • Services for the hospice diagnosis and related conditions that are not called for in the hospice care plan or arranged for by the hospice program
How can you or your loved one receive Remita Health hospice care?

Just ask your physician for a referral to Remita Health, or call any of the numbers listed on the back. We will be happy to tell you about Hospice services and care, and we will contact your physician to discuss treatment options.

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