How is Care Paid For? We care for everyone
Hospice of Broward County provides care for all who need it, regardless of ability to pay. Most hospice care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance. Our Foundation raises funds year round to ensure that everyone in the community who is eligible can benefit from hospice care.
Medicare and Medicaid
Medicare covers all services, equipment and supplies for the hospice patient, regardless of where they reside. In a skilled nursing facility, the cost of room and board is the patient or family’s responsibility, just as the mortgage payment for a house continues to be a monthly obligation for an individual who receives care at home.
In some hospices, the patient may be required to pay a 5% or a $5 co-payment for medication and respite care. It is always a good idea to learn about any co-payments prior to admission into hospice care. Hospice of Broward County does not charge this co-payment.
Under Federal regulations, Hospice of Broward County follows certification guidelines. For Medicare and Medicaid patients, these guidelines consist of certification periods of an initial 90-day period, a subsequent 90-day period, followed by an unlimited number of 60-day periods.
At the end of each benefit period, the nurse will reassess the patient’s eligibility for continuing care. If continued care is needed, the physician will re-certify the patient for service benefits under Medicare or Medicaid.
Hospice care is flexible. If the patient chooses, he or she may elect to stop hospice services at any time and revert to the previous Medicare benefit. Keep in mind that any remaining days in a hospice benefit period are forfeited once hospice care is stopped. However, a patient can re-elect the next benefit period at any given time.
If a patient no longer meets the requirements to be eligible for the Hospice Medicare or Medicaid Benefit, we will help you reinstate your regular Medicare or Medicaid benefits. We’ll also make sure you and your family are referred to the appropriate healthcare provider.
If you have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, most insurance plans provide a hospice benefit similar to Medicare. Medicare beneficiaries who are member of an HMO may choose any hospice provider for their hospice benefit as long as they remain an HMO member.
Hospice staff can help you verify insurance coverage for hospice services. For assistance with verification or other insurance questions, call 1.800.HOSPICE (Palm Beach and Broward counties) or 888.848.5200 anywhere in the U.S.