What’s the Difference? Hospice vs Palliative Care

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Both Hospice and Palliative care offer considerate care to patients who suffer from life-limiting illnesses, while also providing pain and symptom management and relief. Hospice care is palliative by nature, but there are important differences. Because more than 90 percent of hospice care is paid for through the Medicare Hospice Benefit, hospice patients must meet Medicare’s eligibility requirements, whereas Palliative care patients are not required to. To qualify for hospice care, as a rule, you must be within six months of passing and in a terminal state, if your disease follows its expected course. Patients appropriate for Palliative care can be in any stage of an illness-terminal or otherwise.

Here are some other differences and similarities between the two.

Hospice care can be covered under Medicare, Medicaid, and mos


November Is Hospice, Palliative Care Month

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“It’s about how you live” is the theme for this year’s National Hospice & Palliative Care Month.

Hospice and palliative care organizations are the advocates and educators on advanced healthcare planning. We help individuals make decisions about the healthcare they would want to receive should they be faced with a serious or life-limiting illness, or if they were unable to speak for themselves. Learning about your options before being faced with a crisis and understanding what’s available to you and your family allows you to live each day to the fullest. Sharing your wishes with your family, loved ones, and physician leaves no question about how you want to be treated at the end-of-life.

Being diagnosed with a serious illness can be a hard pill to swallow, but how you choose to live is completely up to