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Care levels

  • Home-based hospice care

    Routine hospice care includes regular visits by members of the hospice care team. This may take place in the home or other places of residence, such as a nursing facility.

    Reimbursement for care: Routine hospice home care is paid to the hospice for each day that the beneficiary is under the care of the hospice and is not receiving one of the other categories of care.

    Continuous hospice care is provided during short periods of crisis (usually instead of hospitalization) when the patient needs continuous care to manage his or her pain and symptoms. This may take place in the home or other places of residence, such as a nursing facility.

    Reimbursement for care: Continuous hospice care is covered only as necessary to maintain the terminally ill patient benefiting at home. The care must be predominantly nursing care.

    Inpatient hospice care

    General inpatient care is provided to manage the patient's pain and symptoms when it is no longer possible to do so in the home. This may take place in a Medicare- or Medicaid-certified hospice inpatient facility, hospital, skilled nursing facility or residential hospice.

    Respite care is short-term care provided when the caregiver needs a break from his or her responsibilities of caring for the patient. This may take place in the home, in a Medicare- or Medicaid-certified hospice inpatient facility, hospital, skilled nursing facility or residential hospice.

    Reimbursement for care: Respite care may be provided only on an occasional basis and is not reimbursed for more than five consecutive days.

    Residential hospice care is provided in a free-standing facility which is designed to be home-like with personalized care provided 24 hours a day. When providing care at home is no longer possible, residential hospice care is a fitting alternative.

    Reimbursement for care: Room and board expenses are separate from hospice care and generally paid by patients or their family.

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    Confident caregiver and patient guide

    This 79-page guide is designed to help family members and caregivers as their loved ones transition to hospice care.

    Service area

    Our hospice care services are available to anyone living in our service area, which includes 33 Minnesota counties and 3 Wisconsin counties.

    Map of our service area