Three Louisiana hospices are among the more than 140 selected to take part in a new program that allows Medicare members who qualify to receive hospice care while continuing medical treatment.
The Louisiana facilities are St. Joseph Hospice LLC in Baton Rouge; St. Joseph Hospice and Palliative Care Northshore LLC in Covington; and St. Joseph Hospice of Cenla LLC in Alexandria. Amedisys Hospice of South Carolina, owned by Baton Rouge-based Amedisys Inc., also will take part in the program.
The Medicare Choices Model provides coverage for enrollees who qualify under the hospice benefit and for so-called “dual eligibles,” who qualify for the Medicaid hospice benefit.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell said the model gives doctors, patients and their families the power of choice.
Over five years, the model is expected to enable as many as 150,000 eligible Medicare beneficiaries with advanced cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, HIV and AIDS to use the new option and flexibility. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will pay $200 to $400 per month to participating hospices for each beneficiary. Services will begin Jan. 1 for the first phase of participating hospices and in January 2018 for the remaining participating hospices.