Understanding Hospice Care
Cost & Eligibility

How much does hospice care cost and is it covered by insurance?

There will never be a cost to the patient or family for charges related to the patient’s hospice diagnosis. Seasons Hospice receives their payment from Medicare, Missouri Medicaid, private insurance, and generous donations from outside sources. Patients and/or their family should check with their health insurance provider to inquire about hospice coverage. The hospice providers can also help the patient inquire about their insurance coverage.

What does the hospice admission process involve?

The process begins with a phone call to hospice by the patient, family, friend, clergy, physician or other health care professional. The hospice admission coordinator will ask for general information, including permission to contact the patient’s personal physician to make sure the patient is eligible for hospice services. A time will be arranged for a hospice staff member to visit the patient and/or family to explain how hospice can help and what services may be needed. There will be some paperwork involved. Hospice will take care of the rest.

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