Palliative

Yes

vs.

Is a physician’s order required?

Hospice

Yes
Yes

Should the patient be in the advanced stages of an illness?

Yes
Yes

Do patients who have a terminal illness automatically qualify?

No, an assessment must be done
Yes

Can a patient continue with their curative treatment?

No
n/a

What is the patient's prognosis/life expectancy?

Six months or less
Medicare Part B, Medicaid Advantage, supplemental & commercial insurance

Who pays for it?

Medicare Part A, Medicaid and most insurance
No

Is durable medical equipment included?

Yes
No

Are medications included?

Yes, if related to the hospice diagnosis
Either

Does a patient receive care in their home or at a facility?

Either
No

Is it a sitter service?

No
Yes

Can a sitter service also provide service separately?

Yes
Yes

Can home health also service the patient at the same time?

No
One time per month, additional visits as medically needed

How often is a patient seen?

1-2 times per week by an RN
No

Will patients be seen by a CNA as well?

Yes, 3-5 times per week
Yes, but optional to patient

Will a patient be seen by a chaplain and social worker?

Yes, but optional to the patient
No

Are volunteers a part of the program?

Yes
Patient and family

Does the program benefit only the patient or the family as well?

Patient and family
No

Is respite care included?

Yes
Yes

Once care begins, can a patient change service type?

Yes