A new kind of care
Hospice of the Valley is the only hospice in Arizona chosen to participate in a national Medicare model program measuring ways to improve quality of care, lower cost and decrease hospital stays through collaboration with community physicians.
Under current Medicare rules, Medicare beneficiaries must stop curative care with their primary care doctor and specialists to get hospice care.
But the new program, called the Medicare Care Choices model, allows Medicare beneficiaries to get both curative and hospice care if they wish. The thought is that more people will get the comfort care hospice provides if they don’t have to give up treatment.
Hospice of the Valley calls the program MediCaring. It starts Jan. 1, 2018, and lasts three years.
- Have advanced cancer, congestive heart failure, COPD or HIV/AIDS.
- Have been covered by Medicare Part A and Part B for past 12 months.
- Are certified for hospice care by a physician and wish to continue their treatments of choice.
- Have had at least one hospital or ER visit and three office visits with any Medicare-certified provider in the past year.
- Live in a traditional home setting (not a group home, assisted living facility or multi-level senior care campus).
- Home visits from: nurse, social worker, nurse’s aide, volunteer, chaplain and grief counselor.
- Care coordination and case management.
- 24/7/365 access to clinical support.
- Person- and family-focused care.
- Assistance with goals of care and advance care planning.
- Symptom management.
- Covered by Medicare with no out-of-pocket patient fees.
For more information or to enroll, call (602) 530-6900.
The Best of Both Worlds
“I enrolled because I thought it would improve service and it’s kind of an experiment,” says Bob Heck. “I’ve always been curious.”