Hospices: "Cap Hurts Patients"

Some hospice advocates in Mississippi are calling on Congress to evaluate hospice benefits. A conference of hospice providers was held Tuesday in Meridian.

Hospice representatives says hospices in Mississippi, and across the nation, are battling for better Medicare hospice benefits.

National Alliance for Hospice Access representative Lois Armstrong met with locals to discuss issues of mutual concern.

Officials say a cap on hospice coverage works against most elderly people in hospice care.

"In Mississippi alone, 60 percent of Mississippi hospices will be asked to refund money to Medicaid that they were paid to care for eligible, dying Medicare patients," said Lois Armstrong of the National Alliance for Hospice Access.

Hospice care is for individuals who are terminally ill, but advocates point out that patients live with their illnesses for varying lengths of time.


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  • by ed Location: Meridian on Aug 13, 2008 at 07:00 PM
    well this is a good idea what universal health care will be like... as far as this article goes sound like they want things pro-rated like you do for goods... ie car battery tires etc...
  • by Jody Location: Union on Aug 9, 2008 at 10:16 AM
    Hospices are rackets that have been overcharging for years. HOW DARE THE HOSPICES TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE DYING! Thank God the government is finally putting them in check.
  • by LeeAnn Location: Florida on Jul 24, 2008 at 11:02 PM
    I don't care if it is Medicaid, Medicare, HMO's or private insurance. Before HOSPICE takes on any case, that individual MUST be considered "TERMINAL", with a specific time with which the Doctors feel they will expire. I cannot believe that cutting HOSPICE Care or placing caps on them is at all human or humane. It's bad enough the patient and their family and friends have to take each day as it comes because no telling when their loved one will take their last breath, but to place additional burdens on them for less care?????? HOW DARE THE POLITICIANS OR WHOMEVER THOUGHT OF THIS IDEA. Perhaps if they experienced the trauma of having a loved one deemed terminal they would change their tune. But right now this is DESPICABLE and they should HANG THEIR HEADS IN SHAME!!!!! This is coming from a former Nurse too and I am glad I was with my patients to the end. It helped the family and loved ones more than most people even realize until in that situation. SHAME ON GOVERNMENT!!!!
  • by WTOK on Jul 23, 2008 at 02:01 PM
    You are absolutely correct. Thank you.
  • by Karen Location: Union on Jul 23, 2008 at 01:28 PM
    The Hospice cap is a Medicare issue, not a Medicaid issue.
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