Frequently Asked Questions

Who pays for Hospice services?

Hospice services are reimbursed by Medicare, Medicaid, and some private health insurance policies. Additionally, ANCORA is contracted with United Healthcare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, MedCost, and Cigna. However, Hospice care is available regardless of a patient's ability or inability to pay. In order for Hospice to receive third party reimbursement, a fee must be charged for services (skilled nursing visits, social work visits, and supplies) that are routinely reimbursed by Medicare, Medicaid, and other insurance carriers. Hospice is required to send statements for services rendered but there will be no pressure exerted on those families who are not able to pay. Services will in no way be diminished or altered because of a family's inability to pay.

Hospice funding to help offset the cost of uninsured patient care is provided through contributions from churches, memorials, private donations, fundraisers, and support from United Way of Rockingham County.


What does Medicare Cover?

When a Medicare-eligible patient receives services from a Medicare-approved hospice, Medicare pays nearly all the cost of hospice services, including:

  • Physician Services
  • Nursing care
  • Social work services
  • Medical equipment & supplies related to terminal diagnosis
  • Short-term inpatient & respite care
  • Hospice aide services
  • Physical & other therapies
  • Medications for pain control & symptom management related to terminal diagnosis


Who can make a referral?

Should I call Hospice sooner rather than later?

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How difficult is caring for a dying loved one at home?

What is Hospice's success rate in battling pain?

Does hospice provide any support after the patient dies?

How is hospice care different from home health care?