Hospice care is paid for by Medicare, Medical Assistance, MinnesotaCare and most private health insurance companies. We will work with you and your family to identify ways to pay for services not covered by insurance. We do not deny admission to the hospice program for financial reasons.
Requirements for hospice benefit
To receive hospice benefits:
- Your eligibility for hospice care must be certified by your doctor and the hospice program medical director.
- Your care goals are relief of symptoms of your illness rather than treatment to try and cure your illness
- You must sign consent forms for enrolling in hospice
"Hospice is really a philosophy in terms of approach and is not provided in a particular place, but wherever a patient is who needs it."
~ Nancy Gelle, RN, Hospice Program Manager
By choosing hospice, all authorized and medically necessary services related to caring for and managing your illness and symptoms are covered by the hospice benefit, except for your primary doctor fees. Your primary doctor fees are not covered by the hospice benefit. Usually, insurance covers these services in the same way as before you elected the hospice benefit.
All hospice services – whether provided at home, a residential hopsice, or an assisted living or long-term care facility – must be consistent with your care plan. You will develop your care plan with your hospice team, which your hospice doctor approves. Covered services may include:
- Hospice nursing visits
- Medical equipment (such as wheelchairs or walkers) and supplies (such as bandages and catheters)
- Medications for managing symptoms related to your hospice diagnosis
- Social worker services
- Hospice aide
- Therapists (such as massage or music therapy)
- Counseling, including nutritional, and spiritual and grief counseling
- Short-term stays in the hospital for acute pain and symptom management
- Respite care to provide rest for a primary caregiver or if there is a family crisis
Timeframe for hospice benefit
Your hospice physician will periodically review your condition to confirm your continued eligibility.
If you decide to discontinue hospice care during a benefit period, you give up the remaining days in that benefit period.
If your illness improves, you may be discharged from Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital Hospice. Your hospice benefit will no longer apply and your regular health insurance benefits resume.
If your condition worsens after discharge from hospice, your doctor and the hospice medical director will need to certify you are eligible again for hospice before you can enroll.