Hospice Care Payment Options

At The Denver Hospice, we understand that managing finances as well as a life-limiting illness or injury can be overwhelming. We want to make paying for hospice care as easy as possible and encourage you to call us whenever you have financial questions. Contact us anytime at 303-321-2828.

Here are the different methods of payment for hospice care:

Medicare

The Medicare Hospice Benefit covers the full cost of hospice care. The care covered includes a hospice team to help take care of you and provide you with medications, medical equipment and supplies to manage symptoms related to your hospice diagnosis.

Medicare covers the following hospice services when related to a hospice diagnosis and pays nearly all of the related costs:

  • Nursing care and Certified Nursing Assistant services
  • Medical equipment, such as wheelchairs or walkers
  • Medical supplies, such as bandages and catheters
  • Medications to manage and control symptoms and relieve pain
  • Assessments by physical and occupational therapists
  • Social worker services
  • Chaplain services
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Grief and loss counseling for patients and their families

If you elect the Medicare Hospice Benefit, you do not give up your other Medicare benefits. To elect the Medicare Hospice Benefit, you must be enrolled in Medicare Part A. You can still use all appropriate Medicare Part A and Part B benefits for the treatment of health problems not related to your hospice diagnosis. When standard Medicare Part A and Part B benefits are used for conditions not related to your hospice care, you are responsible for Medicare’s deductible and coinsurance amounts.

Medicare Health Maintenance Organization (HMO)

Medicare HMOs, such as Kaiser Permanente and Secure Horizons, also cover hospice care. You do not have to relinquish other HMO coverage to receive hospice care.

Colorado Medicaid

Colorado Medicaid has a hospice benefit for patients who qualify for regular Medicaid benefits. Colorado Medicaid pays for the same hospice services as Medicare. In addition, room and board in a skilled care facility or assisted living community may be covered through Medicaid. This room and board benefit is not available through Medicare.

Private Insurance

In most cases, private insurance plans provide a hospice benefit. Deductibles, co-pays and limits of coverage are set by your policy. The Denver Hospice Admissions Department will verify your eligibility for hospice care under your private insurance policy and advise you of any limits that may apply.

Self-Pay

For those without healt insurance coverage, The Denver Hospice offers self-pay. Payment arrangements are available through our administrative offices. A Patient Benefit Advisor will discuss your situation and work with you.

Inability to Pay

The Denver Hospice is an independent, community-based, not-for-profit healthcare provider. We offer hospice services in if you don’t have the resources to pay or are not eligible for insurance. We are committed to providing care to those who can benefit from hospice care.

What is excluded from hospice care?
Hospice patients receive comfort care to help cope with their illness, not cure it. Comfort care includes medications for symptom control and pain relief, physical care, counseling  and other hospice services. Hospice uses medicines, equipment and supplies to make you feel as comfortable and pain-free as possible.

  • Under the hospice benefit, Medicare won’t pay for treatment to cure an illness. Talk with your primary care doctor when considering potential treatment to cure an illness.
  • Room and board are not covered by most insurance companies when receiving hospice care in a nursing home, assisted living facility, or in our inpatient care center. There are also additional costs for a private room.