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FACT: Family members are encouraged, supported, and trained by hospice professionals to care for their loved ones. Hospice staff are available to the patient and their families 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to help family and friends care for their loved ones.
FACT: Studies have shown hospice care can be less expensive than conventional care during the last six months of life. Medicare beneficiaries pay little or nothing for hospice care. Most insurance plans, HMO’s, and managed care plans cover hospice care. Hospice care is provided at the patient’s or a family member’s home, nursing home, or an assisted living facility.
FACT: Hospice physicians work closely with your doctor of choice to develop a plan of care. If the patient does not have a primary care physician, hospice can provide medical services.
FACT: A patient receiving hospice services may go to the hospital, although the hospice should be notified prior to transport so that billing can be handled properly.
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