Medicare’s “Hospice Benefit” pays for hospice care for people who are terminally ill and have a life expectancy of six months or less, if the illness runs its normal course.
* Connecticut Hospice covers all costs of Arts services, which are not reimbursed to us by Medicare.
You must still pay your regular Medicare Part A and B premiums, and any other care that is unrelated to the terminal illness will continue to be covered.
At this time, patients must meet two important conditions to be deemed eligible for the Hospice Benefit by Medicare:
The patient has elected to cease curative treatment and chosen to focus only on comfort and quality of life.
As a Medicare-certified hospice, Connecticut Hospice and its programs qualify for Medicare Hospice Benefit.
Patients in our Stand By Me (SBM) home care program are eligible for home palliative care services, including physician or nurse practitioner consultation in the home to assist with symptom management and decision making in serious illness.
Medicare coverage for palliative home care is available under certain conditions, where skilled care is needed for patients who are homebound, as certified by their physician.
Regular Medicare covers inpatient palliative care for symptom management for our SBM patients. At this time, those with a Managed Medicare policy are excluded from palliative care admission to our Branford Inpatient facility.
Respite care is only available for Hospice patients for short-term (5 days or less) inpatient stay. Medicare and Medicaid Hospice cover Respite Care. Patients should check with their private insurance to see if this benefit is covered.
Learn more about Respite Care eligibility requirements.