Hospice Basics

Understanding hospice care means understanding its history, philosophy, impact and benefits. A general overview of hospice outlines hospice eligibility and its specialty focus, under the umbrella of palliative care, on compassionate end-of-life care.

Explore other key tenets of hospice care, including the four mandated levels of hospice care, Medicare/Medicaid and private coverage, and the importance of goals-of-care conversations, advance care planning and advance directives in identifying patients’ and families’ preferences for—and decisions about—end-of-life care.