Hospice

Support and comfort during life-limiting illness.
Hospice

Getting Started & Paying for Hospice

The decision to receive Hospice care is ultimately the patient's. We realize this is often a difficult decision, and we can help patients and families work through this sensitive process. Once Hospice care has begun, it can be canceled at anytime.

Contact HealthEast Hospice

Contact us to learn more about hospice services 651-232-3312
Business office hours: Monday - Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm
Fax: 651-232-3586

To make a referral

HealthEast Hospice takes referrals 7 days a week. To refer a patient, call 651-232-3767 or use our Hospice Care referral form.
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Requirements for care

All patients and their families meeting the following guidelines are eligible for Hospice care, regardless of age, gender, nationality, creed, sexual orientation, disability, availability of a primary caregiver or ability to pay:

  • Patients who have a life-limiting illness and whose doctors have given them a life expectancy of six months or less if the illness runs its normal course.
  • Patients wanting the focus of care to be on relief of suffering rather than on a cure of the disease.
  • Patients who meet specific disease criteria.

Paying for hospice services

Payment for Hospice services depends on the type of insurance plan and coverage a patient has. HealthEast Hospice will help any patient interested in our services to determine the level of coverage they will receive. In general:

Medicare

Covers authorized Hospice services and related drugs, equipment and supplies. It also covers Hospice care at home, in a nursing home and in the hospital when necessary.

Medical Assistance

Covers authorized Hospice services and related drugs, equipment and supplies. It also covers Hospice care at home, in a nursing home and in the hospital when necessary.

Private Insurance/HMO/PPO

Coverage may vary according to individual policy. HealthEast Hospice works directly with the insurance company to clarify benefits and maximize coverage for each patient.

Private Pay

Payment for non-covered care is the responsibility of the patient.

HealthEast Hospice Care Program Fund

Through the generosity of donors, HealthEast Hospice is able to offer services to all patients and their families regardless of ability to pay. The Hospice Care Program Fund exists to financially assist Hospice patients in need.

Patients and families may request financial assistance when:

  • Insurance does not meet the patient's need for Hospice care
  • The patient has an unusual need or extreme circumstances that create a financial hardship

To apply for Hospice support funds, a Financial Assessment Form must be completed and returned to Hospice. Forms can be obtained from Hospice staff upon request.