It is our passion and our duty to do more by offering superior, innovative, personalized end-of-life care to those who need it within the community. Hospice care is covered by the Medicare hospice benefit and is also an optional benefit under Medicaid and many private insurance companies.
Medicare requires that Hospice care is provided by a Medicare-certified hospice program; Ohio’s Hospice is a not-for-profit, community-based hospice supported by the community we serve. Thanks to the generosity of community support, we are able to provide care to all eligible patients regardless of their ability to pay.
As a not-for-profit hospice, our services are supported through donations and community support. Information about how to support our mission can be found on our Ways to Give page.
Who pays for hospice care?
Services are covered by:
- Most private insurance
- Managed care plans
- Veteran’s Administration
Ohio’s Hospice also receives financial assistance through personal and corporate donations, memorials and fundraising activities. These funds cover the cost of services not covered by other forms of reimbursement. Hospice services are available to patients without regard to race, religion, color, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, veteran’s status, diagnosis or ability to pay.
Potential Patient Liability
Deductibles, co-insurance and co-pays are common in the home health and hospice care industries. The amount of these liabilities depends on each individual insurance plan and past health expenses. If you are not sure what deductibles, co-insurance or co-pay liabilities might be associated with your insurance, call our billing coordinator at 800.653.4490 to discuss details of your plan. We are always available to discuss payment plans and options, and try to be accommodating to varying patient financial needs.
Private Self-Pay Option
Ohio’s Hospice allows patients to private pay for services should their insurance plan not completely cover their needs. Patients who would like to private pay for services must complete our Self-Pay Application and receive approval from our financial services department.
Financial Assistance Program
As a not-for-profit agency, Ohio’s Hospice receives community donations including grants. These donations and grants allow us to provide financial assistance to those patients who meet certain criteria. Financial assistance can be used to help those patients who are under-insured, have high-deductible plans or have no insurance coverage. Patients who would like to utilize our financial assistance program must complete our Financial Assistance Application and receive approval from our financial department. Patients may qualify for full or partial coverage based on their financial situation. If you have specific questions regarding our program, please contact our chief financial coordinator at 800.653.4490.
What is the cost of hospice care?
Services, medications, supplies and equipment related to a patient’s illness are covered under the Medicare or Medicaid Hospice Benefit and most private insurances, resulting in little to no cost to the patient for hospice care.
With the rising costs of healthcare associated with the end of life and the elderly population in the U.S. expected to increase to more than 70 million by 2030, there has been a rising number of for-profit hospices. It is important that not-for-profit hospices remain available to patients and families, as their focus is providing superior care to patients based on Saunders’ model as opposed to profits.
Because we are a not-for-profit hospice, Ohio’s Hospice provides care regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. Patients benefit from an array of complementary and innovative therapies and continue treatments that provide comfort. Those costs are covered as well.