Does Medicare cover hospice care?

Anne Fabiny
Geriatric Medicine
Care related to the admitting illness is the responsibility of the hospice provider. Hospice jargon for a patient's terminal illness is "the admitting illness," and the hospice provider must cover the costs of any care related to that illness. For conditions not related to the admitting illness, regular Medicare coverage kicks back in. Doctors and patients often think that choosing hospice means opting out of conventional Medicare coverage entirely, and that's not the case.

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