About the Medicare Hospice Benefit
The Medicare Hospice Benefit is designed to meet the unique needs of those with a life-limiting illness, providing them and their loved ones with services and support not otherwise covered by Medicare.
Under the Medicare Hospice Benefit, beneficiaries elect to receive comfort care for their hospice diagnosis instead of curative treatment. However, the patient may continue to access standard Medicare benefits for treatment of conditions unrelated to the hospice diagnosis.
A patient has the right to stop receiving hospice care at any time, for any reason. If the patient chooses to stop hospice care, the standard Medicare benefits are restored. See When discharge may be appropriate for more information.
We are available to help you understand your Medicare or insurance coverage as it relates to our hospice care. If you have any questions, please call 904.268.5200 and ask to speak with someone in our Finance department.
About the Medicare Summary Notice
On a quarterly basis, Medicare patients will receive from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) a Medicare Summary Notice that lists Medicare health insurance claims information and all the services and supplies billed to Medicare for a 90-day-period—for both hospice and non-hospice claims.
Sample of Medicare Summary Notice
The Medicare Summary Notice is not a bill. Hospice care is an “all-inclusive” benefit; you do not owe any money for any of the hospice care provided to you by Community Hospice. Learn more about the Medicare Summary Notice.
For more information about Medicare health plans or to receive a Medicare handbook, call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) or visit www.medicare.gov.