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Divine Mercy Hospice
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2364 HY-287 N.  Suite 117  Mansfield, Texas 76063


How is Hospice paid?


Hospice care is covered under Medicare Part A (hospital insurance).

Eligibility requirements that must be met for the hospice Medicare benefit:

  • You are eligible for Medicare part A (hospital insurance)

  • Your primary care provider and the hospice medical director certify that you are terminally ill and have less than six months to live if your disease runs its typical course.

  • You choose the Medicare Hospice Benefit instead of routine Medicare covered benefits for your terminal illness.

Medicare will continue to pay for other covered benefits that are not related to your terminal illness

During the hospice course, a person’s condition may improve, they may change their mind and decide to pursue curative treatment, or they may choose to leave hospice for other reasons. If this occurs, he or she may revoke the hospice benefit, and their traditional Medicare benefits will restart. If, at some point, that person wishes to return to hospice care, this is allowed as long as Medicare eligibility requirements are met.

Private insurance plans:

Each private insurance plan has its own particular degree of benefits/coverage for hospice services. If a patient has a private insurance plan, Hospice will bill the insurance directly. Any co-pay, deductible and payment for non-covered services will be billed to the patient or the patient's estate by the hospice.

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