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Palliative Care FAQs

Is palliative care the same as hospice?

  • No. Unlike hospice, palliative care (also called “comfort care”) does not require a doctor’s prognosis of six months or less. Patients may also start or continue curative treatments while receiving palliative care.

How do I know if palliative care services are right for me?

  • Palliative care may help when pain and/or other symptoms are not well-controlled; if you often need to go to the hospital or Emergency Department to manage your illness or disease; or if your current treatment plan isn’t aligned with your goals.

Can I receive palliative care in a skilled nursing facility or hospital?

  • Yes. Our palliative care team works with your primary care physician and facility staff to create a personalized care plan.

Does Medicare pay for palliative care?

  • Medicare Part B covers palliative care in some circumstances. Call us to learn more about your options.

Can I receive skilled home health care at the same time as palliative care?

  • Yes. Please call us to learn more about insurance coverage.