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Most hospices follow Medicare requirements to provide the following services, as necessary, to manage the primary illness for which someone receives hospice care:

  • Time and services of the care team, including visits to the patient’s location by the hospice physician, nurse, medical social worker, home health aide, and chaplain/spiritual adviser
  • Medication for symptom control, including pain relief
  • Medical equipment like a hospital bed, wheelchairs or walkers, and medical supplies such as oxygen, bandages, and catheters
  • Physical and occupational therapy*
  • Speech-language pathology services*
  • Dietary counseling*
  • Any other Medicare-covered services needed to manage pain and other symptoms related to the terminal illness, as recommended by the hospice team
  • Short-term inpatient care (e.g. when adequate pain and symptom management cannot be achieved in the home setting)
  • Short-term respite care for family caregivers (e.g. temporary relief from caregiving to avoid or address “caregiver burnout”)
  • Grief and loss counseling for the patient and loved ones, who may experience anticipatory grief. Grief counseling is provided to family members for up to 13 months after a death.

Access to these services is determined on a case-by-case basis depending on the assessment of the hospice team, goals of care as established by the hospice team, and disease progression and symptom burden. 

What's not included in hospice care?

  • Treatment, including prescription drugs, is intended to cure a terminal illness or other illness unrelated to the terminal diagnosis unless the other illness is causing an increased symptom burden.
  • Prescription drugs and supplies prescribed to treat an illness or condition unrelated to the diagnosis that qualifies the person for hospice.
  • Room and board in a nursing home or hospice residential facility.
  • Care in an emergency room, inpatient facility care, or ambulance transportation, unless it is ordered by or arranged by the hospice team.

Who pays for hospice care?

  • Most hospice patients are eligible for Medicare, which covers all aspects of hospice care and services. There is no deductible for hospice services although there may be a very small co-payment for prescriptions and for respite care. In most states, Medicaid offers similar coverage.
  • Many health insurance plans obtained privately, such as through an employer or on a state or the national exchange, offer a hospice benefit but the extent to which they cover hospice care and services may differ from Medicare as well as from one another.
  • Military families have hospice coverage through Tricare.
  • The Veterans Health Administration offers hospice services and contracts with local community hospice providers. Any veteran with the VHA Standard Medical Benefits Package is eligible and there is no co-pay.
  • Hospices accept private payment, referred to as “self-pay.”

Where is hospice care provided?

Hospice care comes to the patient wherever they may be.

  • Hospice services are provided where a patient lives, which may be their private residence or that of a loved one, an assisted living center, a nursing home, or in some cases, a hospital.
  • Some hospices have their own long-term residential centers where services are provided. When hospice care is provided at a residential center, the patient/family remains responsible for the costs associated with the residence, as they would for any other home.
  • If a patient needs 24/7 care, hospices may transport the patient to a special inpatient facility for a short period of time to manage symptoms, with the goal of returning the patient to their home.


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