How do you know when a patient is medically eligible for hospice care?
What are the typical diseases you see in hospice patients?
How do I know if a patient’s insurance will cover hospice?
What is the attending physician’s and specialist’s role once the patient is admitted to hospice?
Are all hospices the same?
How do you know a patient is medically eligible for hospice care? (Back to top)
RoseRock Healthcare relies on Medicare’s own Local Coverage Determinations that define the eligibility requirements for each of the major hospice diagnoses. In addition, our medical directors and our nurses have received special training in hospice and palliative care.
What are the typical diseases you see in hospice patients? (Back to top)
Hospice is not just for cancer patients. Hospice may be indicated for patients with end stage cardiovascular disease (CHF), coronary artery disease, end stage cerebrovascular disease (CVA), end stage liver disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), end stage pulmonary disease (COPD), malaise, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias as well as stroke, coma and other problems.
How do I know if a patient’s insurance will cover hospice? (Back to top)
Medicare pays for hospice care with no cost to the patient or family and most commercial insurance plans have a hospice benefit too. You continue to bill separately for patient care you provide in your office or over the phone.
What is the attending physician’s and specialist’s role once the patient is admitted to hospice? (Back to top)
The cooperation of the physician in the hospice process is a vital factor in the success of the hospice experience. Once a patient is admitted to RoseRock Healthcare, the patient’s relationship with his/her physician can remain the same and you may continue to be involved in the Plan of Care for your patient.
You may continue to bill for the care you provide to hospice patients under rules promulgated by Medicare and other insurance companies. Our billing specialists can walk you or your staff through the details of reimbursement so that you are fully compensated for the care you provide to hospice patients.
• Is your Administrator a person who is experienced in managing quality hospice programs?
• Is your medical director Board certified in hospice and palliative medicine?
• Do you have social workers with Master’s degrees on your staff?
• Are trained staff members available to handle emergencies throughout the night?
• Are you contracted with multiple area hospitals?