Yes, any medication that is related to the "comfort" of the patient would be a hospice covered medication. We started partnering with Hospice Pharmacia (www.hospicepharmacia.com
) about 3 years ago. They are a research based (EBP) organization and have developed algorythms for each terminal process and which medications would be covered....or not! They also provide Comfort Paks, which are a god-send. Upon each admission, our nurse takes a Comfort Pak with her....the pak has a 4 day supply of Roxanol, Ativan, Haldol, Compazine PO & PR, Acetaminophen PR, ABHR PR (Ativan, Benadryl, Haldol, Reglan compounded into a suppository) and Levsin. They also provide, upon order Cardiac Paks and Seizure Paks. Our pharmacy bills have decreased by about 30% as Hospice Pharmacia bills us on a per diem basis for each patient on census. The best part is they have helped to standardize our practice between our 3 branch offices and our in-patient residence.
They are wonderful....trained, end-of-life pharmacists available 24/7 for consultation. I have never had a situation where they were not more than helpful and knowledgable....and, our census runs almost 300 patients on any given day!
Good Luck & check out HP's website....they will also provide a informational packet and visit if you are serious about partnering with them!
KittyLoverRN in Michigan