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A hospice is a public agency, private organization, or a subdivision that: is primarily engaged in providing care to terminally ill individuals (individuals that have been certified as being terminally ill as per CMS requirements and entitled to Part A of Medicare); meets the conditions of participation for hospices; and has a valid Medicare provider agreement. Hospice care is a comprehensive set of services identified and coordinated by an interdisciplinary group to provide for the physical, psychosocial, spiritual, and emotional needs of a terminally ill patient and/or family members, as delineated in a specific patient plan of care.
Hospice services can also be provided in facilities, such as those located as a part of a hospital, nursing home, or residential facility, or as a freestanding hospice inpatient facility. All hospices must meet specific federal requirements and be separately certified and approved for Medicare participation.