Hospice in Ohio: Resources & Information
Ohio residents considering hospice care for a family member or other loved ones should consider a range of options when making their decision. Learn more about Ohio hospice resources and information below.
Understanding Medicare Options for Hospice Care
In order to understand what is available for those needing hospice care, it is important to understand what is and is not covered under Medicare.
Note: Medicare rules apply to all states, not just Ohio.
“Original Medicare” (Part A and Part B) is the federal health insurance program for individuals 65 years of age and older as well as younger residents with certain disabilities or conditions.
Medicare Part A covers inpatient care provided in a skilled nursing facility, hospital, or hospice setting. Medicare Part B covers outpatient care, such as doctor visits, durable medical equipment, ambulance transport, and preventive services.
If a patient is not eligible for Medicare or Medicaid, most private insurance covers hospice care.
Check with your individual provider to confirm coverage and to see if any copays or deductibles apply.
Hospice Eligibility Criteria
Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care has designed an easy-to-understand overview of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services hospice eligibility requirements. These guidelines determine if a patient is or will soon be appropriate for hospice care.
Some of the guidelines include:
- Patient must have received a terminal diagnosis with a prognosis of six months or less to live if their disease runs the typical course.
- Frequent hospitalizations in the past six months.
- Compromised activities of daily living including eating, bathing, dressing, continence, transferring, and walking.
- A change in functional or cognitive abilities.
- Recurring infections.
- Increased weight loss, weakness, fatigue, and somnolence.
How to Find a Hospice
There are a variety of options to consider when selecting a hospice for your family member or loved one. We’ve posted Ohio hospice information on the Crossroads website that hospice patients and families should consider when selecting a hospice provider, including our our range of services and locations. There is also information on the unique programs we offer including Grief Recovery, Gift of a Day, and programs for Veterans.
Another source worth checking into for Ohio hospice information is a website sponsored by Hospice Analytics, Inc., an information-sharing research organization whose mission is to improve hospice utilization and access to quality end-of-life care through analysis of Medicare and other national datasets. Hospice Analytics maintains a list of over 200 Ohio hospices across the state. The site also allows users to select various criteria such as range of services provided, size, accreditation, and other considerations.
The most important thing those seeking Ohio hospice resources need to keep in mind is that they need to do their own research. Online reviews are one thing to consider, but they should not be the only determining factor. Visit the hospice website, its Facebook page and other social media, and look for recent news stories. The level and frequency of online activity, as well as what people are saying about them could be good indicators to the level and quality of service they provide.
Finally, seek advice and additional information from informed healthcare professionals. Having reliable information is essential for hospice patients and families facing such an emotional, life-changing decision.
For more information on selecting a hospice provider, please contact Crossroads at 1-888-564-3405.
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