How is Hospice Covered?

Hospice is paid for through the Medicare Hospice Benefit, Medicaid Hospice Benefit, and most private insurers. If a person does not have coverage through Medicare, Medicaid or a private insurance company, Gateway Hospice will provide care regardless of payer source.

Required Services

  • All prescription and over-the-counter drugs related to the patient’s terminal diagnosis (including medications for palliation – e.g. pain, nausea/vomiting)
  • Medical equipment and supplies related to the patient’s terminal diagnosis
  • A Registered Nurse Case manager to supervise the Plan of Care, provide direct care and instruct the patient and family / caregiver
  • Certified Home Health Aides to assist the patient with Activities of Daily Living and personal care
  • Physician services to assist in the palliation of the terminal illness and related conditions
  • Spiritual Care Coordinator to meet the unique spiritual needs and desires of the patient
  • Social workers who focus on financial, emotional and psychosocial issues
  • Volunteers who provide companionship to the patients
  • As indicated for Palliative purposes, physical, occupational and speech therapy, and dietary counseling
  • As indicated for Palliative purposes, laboratory and diagnostic procedures

Download the Medicare Hospice Benefit Booklet