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Hospice FAQs

In what counties does CarePartners provide hospice services?

Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, McDowell, Transylvania, Jackson, Macon and Haywood.

How is care provided?

Hospice care is usually given in your home, but it also may be covered in an inpatient facility. Depending on your terminal illness and related conditions, the plan of care your hospice team creates can include any or all of these services:

  • Doctor services
  • Nursing care
  • Medical equipment (like wheelchairs or walkers)
  • Medical supplies (like bandages and catheters)
  • Prescription drugs for symptom control or pain relief
  • Hospice aide and homemaker services
  • Physical therapy services
  • Occupational therapy services
  • Speech-language pathology services
  • Social work services
  • Dietary counseling
  • Grief and loss counseling for you and your family
  • Short-term respite care
  • Any other Medicare-covered services needed to manage your pain and other symptoms related to your terminal illness and related conditions, as recommended by your hospice team
When is it time to choose hospice care?

When you decide you no longer want care to cure your terminal illness and/or your doctor determines that efforts to cure your illness aren't working.

Who is eligible under Medicare?

You can get hospice care if you have Medicare Part A hospital Insurance and meet all of these conditions:

  • Your hospice doctor and your regular doctor (if you have one) certify that you’re terminally ill (you're expected to live 6 months or less).
  • You accept palliative care (for comfort) instead of care to cure your illness.
  • You sign a statement choosing hospice care instead of other Medicare-covered treatments for your terminal illness and related conditions.

Only your hospice doctor and your regular doctor (if you have one) can certify that you’re terminally ill and have a life expectancy of 6 months or less.

What is the cost under Medicare?
  • $0 for hospice care.
  • There may be a copayment of no more than $5 for each prescription drug and other similar products for pain relief and symptom control while you're at home. In the rare case your drug isn’t covered by the hospice benefit, your hospice provider should contact your Medicare drug plan to see if it's covered under Part D.
  • You may need to pay 5 percent of the Medicare-approved amount for inpatient respite care.