Covering the Cost of Services
Medicare covers the cost of hospice when the following criteria is met:
The patient is eligible for Medicare and receives care from a Medicare-approved hospice program.
The patient has been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness with a prognosis of 6 months or less provided that the disease follows its normal course.
Medicare/Medicaid pays the Hospice agency directly at specified rates depending upon the types of services and care given each day.