Category Archives: Hospice

Eligibility You Don’t Want But Should Know

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Hospice eligibility is something that no one really wants but everyone should know. As an advisor on end-of-life planning, I get a lot of questions thrown my way. Some are generic (like “What is hospice?”), while others are more specific (like “Does Medicare pay for hospice?”). We’re going to cover one that lands in the middle of the spectrum --...

5 Reasons Why Hospice Care is Hard to Find

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If someone in your family is suffering from terminal illness, would you care for them yourself, or would you find hospice agencies to provide them with treatment and support to live their last days in peace? More than 40 percent of families in the United States seek hospice care when someone in their family becomes so ill that they are...

Repealing the Affordable Care Act and What It Means to You

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Millions of Americans are awaiting the fate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how any changes or repeals could affect their health care. But would any kind of repeal or reform of the legislation by the new Trump administration have an impact on the hospice industry? About 90 percent of people in hospice use the Medicare hospice benefit, which...

Hospice Care: Explaining End of Life Documents

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When dealing with a long term or terminal illness, the last thing you want to think about is what all the different end of life documents you have to sign are for. Doctor’s bombard you with information about the disease, hospice care, and a variety of different legal forms. It’s enough to make your head spin. While there are plenty...

Hospice Accreditations Help in Choosing a Quality Hospice Provider

Hospice Accreditations
Whether for you or a loved one; at some point in your life, most people will need to know about hospice care. However, with so much information flowing around the internet, it can be hard to determine the best choice for a hospice provider. While your doctor may provide a list of some of the local hospice programs, not all...

If Hospice were a Hamburger

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What do hospice and hamburgers have in common? More than you think! You wouldn’t call McDonalds and say, “Hi, is this Hamburger?” And you wouldn’t call Burger King and say, “Hello, is this the direct line to Chicken Fries?” But every day, our team receives calls asking, “Hello, is this hospice?”, innocently unaware that hospice is a type of service...

For Profit vs. Non Profit Hospices – What’s the Difference

For Profit Non Profit Hospice
Since Consumer Reports made a stance on non-profit versus for-profit hospices, people have been more critical about those factors when selecting a hospice provider. But does it truly impact the performance of the hospice team and patient experience? After further review, we’re debunking the theory that non-profit hospices out-perform for-profit hospices. The biggest different is that non-profit hospice facilities don’t...

Hospice Versus Home Health Care: Is there a Difference?

If you think home health care and hospice are the same thing, you’re not alone. These terms are often used interchangeably but are actually two totally different services based on goals of care, eligibility, costs, and outcomes. If you’re looking into receiving healthcare at home, whether it’s for yourself or a loved one, it’s important to know the exact type...