As a nonprofit organization, BJC Hospice is funded through private donations and reimbursed by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance. No one is turned away because of a lack of financial resources.
Medicare and Medicaid Hospice Benefits
Anyone entitled to Medicare Part A or Medicaid benefits, and certified by their attending physician as being terminally ill (life expectancy of six months or less if the disease follows its normal course) is entitled to use these benefits.
Election to the Hospice Benefit
The hospice benefit is elected by the patient and the patient's family, and an "election" statement is signed and dated. The decision affects regular Medicare/Medicaid only in regard to the terminal illness. Hospice is the single source of all health care related to the terminal illness; other care will be billed to your insurance plan.
The patient's condition is evaluated on an ongoing basis by the hospice team. If the patient's condition has stabilized and the patient's condition is appropriate for discharge, the team will develop a discharge plan with the patient and family prior to discharge. Patients can be re-admitted to hospice when they meet coverage guidelines.