Who Pays For Arbor Hospice?
Arbor Hospice is reimbursed by Medicare and Medicaid. In addition, most insurance plans have a hospice benefit that pays for all or part of the cost of hospice care. In most circumstances, Arbor Hospice agency bills the insurance company directly.
The Medicare hospice benefit covers:
- The services of the hospice team.
- Medications related to the hospice diagnosis and those utilized to control pain and relieve other symptoms.
- Short-term respite care to provide caregiver relief.
- Short-term in-patient care to manage uncontrolled symptoms, if necessary.
- Medical supplies and equipment related to the hospice diagnosis.
The initial hospice benefit is for 90 days. After 90 days, a Medicare hospice patient can be recertified for an additional 90 days and then an unlimited number of subsequent 60-day periods. Care can extend as long as the physician certifies that the patient continues to be eligible for hospice. For more information about Medicare/Medicaid, please visit www.medicare.gov.
Please note that treatment received for other (non-hospice related) medical problems will be billed to the patient or a secondary insurance.