If you remember nothing else, remember that hospice is 100% covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance companies. This is an incredible, life-changing resource for all of us to take advantage of so that we can be in charge of how we will transition.
In the world of hospice care, insurance pays the same amount per patient to the hospice provider. Insurance providers also dictate the level of care each patient must receive - which includes access to equipment, medications, time with caregivers, and, to an extent, quality of care. In theory, that should equalize the type of care each patient receives, regardless of which hospice care provider they choose.
In other words…. if we’re all paid the same, and contracted to provide the same type of care, does it really matter who I choose to care for me?
The awful truth: for some hospice providers, the bare minimum is enough and that’s all they strive to meet. Every hospice provider has a philosophy of care that determines how patients and families are cared for both during and after their passing. If their philosophy weighs the dollar more heavily than the patient, it deeply affects the type of care that is provided.
Before you choose a hospice provider, you should consider the following:
The bottom line is you have a choice. You can choose whichever hospice you feel most comfortable with. Even if you are currently with another hospice provider, if you do not feel you are getting all that you deserve, you have the authority to change hospice providers to better fit you or your loved one’s needs.
At Aria, we are comfort care, not corporate care.
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