Financial Responsibility for Hospice Care
Hospice Care is a fully-funded benefit for all Medicare Part A recipients and for all Medicaid recipients. That means if a patient has Medicare Part A or Medicaid, the hospice services related to the primary diagnosis for hospice care will be paid in full.
Most private insurances also provide a hospice benefit. The terms of the hospice benefit will vary at times from insurance provider to provider, but Hospice of Washington County, Inc. will be able to help anyone needing help to decipher what coverage their insurance provides.
For anyone who does not have an insurance provider for medical coverage, hospice care can be paid privately. A private pay hospice patient will be asked to provide some basic financial documentation; the information will be applied against a sliding fee scale using Health and Human Services Poverty guidelines. Upon admission to hospice care, the patient/family will learn what percentage of care will be billed to them. If a patient does not qualify for full charity care and is unable to bear the cost of services, a time payment plan can be negotiated on a case by case basis.
As has been Hospice of Washington County’s policy since its founding, no one will be turned away from hospice care due to an inability to pay. Each year the generous residents of Washington County donate to the care of patients who have limited or no ability to pay for their hospice care. The provision of these funds allow Hospice of Washington County, Inc. to offer the full range of hospice services to everyone who needs hospice care in this county.
Any questions regarding how to pay for hospice services can be answered by calling
301-791-6360. No one should hesitate to seek help due to financial concerns.