Information on Hospice Care

Where do I need to go to receive hospice care?

A person can receive hospice services in their private home, skilled nursing facility, or assisted living community. Hospice is not a place but rather a philosophy and service delivery.

How is hospice paid for?

Hospice is a Medicare benefit, covering 100% of the costs for services, durable medical equipment, and medications associated with the hospice diagnoses. Most private insurances and MA Health plans offer a hospice benefit. The hospice team can research coverage and quickly inform you about coverage.

Is there a time limit for hospice?

While hospice is intended for those with a disease with approximately a six-month life-limiting timeframe, patients can receive hospice services indefinitely, for as long as decline in condition is evident. Periodic evaluations and review with physicians and patients occur to monitor qualification for hospice services.

What happens if I change my mind and I want curative treatment?

Should a patient’s condition improve or a patient decides to elect curative treatment, hospice services can be revoked without penalty of any kind. Similarly, hospice services can resume at any time, as long as the patient meets qualifying criteria as decided by physicians.

How do I access hospice?

While physicians, nurse practitioners, and other healthcare professionals can recommend hospice, patients themselves along with family can also refer to Hallmark VNA and Hospice by simply calling us at any time at 781-338-7800.