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How is Hospice Care Paid For?

What benefits are covered by Medicare?

Medicare understands the importance of end-of-life care. Services that are fully covered by Medicare include:

  • Physician services
  • Nursing care
  • Hospice aide services
  • Pain Management
  • Symptom Control
  • Bereavement care
  • Spiritual care
  • Medical social services
  • Volunteer services

Medicare also covers medications, medical equipment, and supplies that are helpful in the treatment of the following end-stage diseases:


  • Alzheimer’s/Dementia
  • Heart Disease/End Stage Heart Failure
  • Respiratory/Pulmonary Disease/End Stage COPD
  • Stage 4 Cancer
  • Liver Failure/End Stage Liver Disease
  • Stroke
  • ALS


If you have questions about AT Hospice and Medicare benefits, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Indicators that are hospice-eligible can include but are not limited to:

  • Weight Loss
  • Increased assistance with daily activities
  • Increased weakness and fatigue
  • Frequent and multiple falls
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Shortness of breath or chest pain
  • Continuous oxygen
  • Increase/changes in medication
  • Recurring or multiple infections
  • Frequent phone calls to physician
  • Frequent hospitalizations or ER visits

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