Understanding Eligibility for Hospice Care

Casa de la Luz Hospice follows Medicare guidelines for determining your eligibility for hospice services.

To be eligible for hospice care, two physicians (usually, your physician and the hospice’s staff physician) agree that given the nature and progression of your illness, you may have a life expectancy of six months or less. If you have Medicare (Part A), you are provided full hospice coverage under the Medicare Hospice Benefit. Many private insurance companies also contract with hospice providers. Hospice services are provided regardless of age, gender, diagnosis, race, or religion.

There is no time limit for individuals receiving hospice care. Physicians can certify a patient as hospice eligible for two 90-day periods, and then for an unlimited number of 60-day periods, as long as the patient’s life expectancy continues to be six months or less, if the illness follows the normal course.

If you believe that hospice care is the right choice for you or a loved one, please contact our office to schedule a free evaluation with one of our registered nurses. Casa de la Luz Hospice would be honored to care for you or your loved one during the end of life journey. Please call us at (520) 544-9890.