Where is hospice care provided?

Hospice care often takes place in a person’s own home. However, it can also be given in settings such as a nursing home, hospital, or a medical center specifically for people receiving hospice care.

Who decides about hospice care?

Your health care team will often begin the discussion surrounding hospice care. If your doctor has not spoken to you about hospice and you feel it should be discussed, then it is important that you and your loved one begin the conversation.

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Keep in mind, though, that talking about hospice care does not mean that you have “given up.” Instead, starting the conversation about hospice care will only ensure that you or your loved one receives the best quality of care and attention at the end of life.

How do I find a hospice provider?

The members of your health care team, which includes doctors, nurses, social workers, or discharge planning coordinators at a hospital or treatment center, can refer you to a hospice provider. You can also search for a hospice in your area by visiting www.hospicedirectory.org, or by calling 4-1-1 for free directory assistance.

Who pays for hospice care?

Many, but not all, health insurance plans cover the cost of hospice care. Some plans offer a per diem rate for hospice care; others pay on a fee-for-service basis. There may also be a cap on how much the insurance will cover.

The Medicare Hospice Benefit pays for most hospice services for patients who are covered under Medicare Part A. Most state Medicaid programs pay for hospice services as well—visit www.hospicedirectory.org to see if your state offers Medicaid-certified hospice care.

This article originally appeared on ONA