What information is required by Medicare for hospice?

Philip Lisagor, MD
Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular)
In order for a terminally ill person who is going to hospice to be covered by Medicare Part A:
  • The hospice provider must be certified by Medicare
  • A doctor and the hospice medical director must verify that the person is terminally ill -- meaning that he or she probably has less than six months to live if the illness runs its normal course
  • The person or his or her medical representative must sign a statement choosing hospice care instead of standard Medicare-covered benefits -- although Medicare will continue to cover health problems unrelated to terminal illness.

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