Published Mar 12, 2004
I saw before that if you revoke hospice care 3 times you are no longer eligable for the hospice benefit...I was very curious since I have a pt who has revoked 2x's already and he may very well do it agian :imbar ...I called medicare and they told me "no" they had never seen or heard of anyone being denied the benefit after having revoked it several times...hope she is right...any info would be much appreciated! :)
I work in an office in a hospice, we have patients revoke and come back all the time. I think one person came on and revoked 5 or 6 times. It seems to raise the question whether or not the patient is really getting the concept of hospice. I have heard that revoking so often really raises red flags with medicare, but I guess as long as the doc will still sign a certification of terminal illness each time, these patients will keep using us as a revolving door.
I agree with you about some patients not getting the hospice concept. Or maybe they get it, but just use the system as it exists to met their needs. Anyway, years ago there was a limited number of hospice benefits, and if a patient revoked or was discharged in the last available benefit period, they had no more benefit to access. They could still technically get hospice care, just not have insurance reimbursement for it. These days the benefit periods are unlimited, so it's not a problem. At least not a reimbursement problem.
There are other reasons for revoking hospice, as well. For example, the hospice I work for doesn't have a contract for in-patient care with the VA hospital, and a few others. If a patient goes into one of those facilities, they revoke their Medicare hospice benefit, then are readmitted when they are released.
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