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 Getting Started/Hospice Overview/ Why Hospice Savannah
Getting Started
Anyone can make a referral for hospice care. In fact, some patients refer themselves. You and your family are asked to meet with a Hospice Savannah representative to determine your needs and explain what services we can provide. We will contact your physician to ensure hospice care is the best choice. This initial visit can be completed in your home, in the hospital, assisted living facility, long-term care facility, or wherever you deem convenient. You will be asked to sign various forms required by government or accrediting organizations. The Hospice Savannah Team then develops a plan of care which meets your individual needs.
Who Is Eligible for Hospice Savannah’s Care and How Is Care Paid For?
Hospice is for all age groups during their final stages of life, including children, adults, and the elderly. The goal of hospice is to care for you and your family if you have a life-limiting illness and are seeking comfort care but not a cure for your illness. The type of life-limiting illness does not matter.
Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance policies have a hospice benefit which will pay for most, if not all hospice services related to the hospice diagnosis. You will continue to be covered by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance for treatment of any unrelated diagnosis or medical problems. Any physician office visits, emergency room visits, hospitalizations, or treatments related to the hospice diagnosis must be coordinated through your Hospice Savannah team in order to ensure payment.
Private insurance generally covers hospice care. You may contact your own insurance company, if you have concerns about coverage, or we will be glad to help determine the hospice benefit you have available. If you have private insurance, you will be responsible for the portion of the cost of care not covered by your insurance plan. If this situation presents a financial hardship, you may request to have a financial assessment of your individual situation.
For those individuals with no coverage, fees may be charged based upon income and other financial information. Please ask to speak to your social worker if you wish to have your financial situation assessed. With generous donations by the community and the United Way, services for individuals determined to have no ability to pay can be covered based on the availability of charitable donations. Our goal at Hospice Savannah is to be in a position to not deny services to an individual due to the lack of funding.
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