Model aims to increase choice and quality by enabling individuals to receive hospice and curative care concurrently

Hope Hospice has been selected to participate in the Medicare Care Choices Model, announced by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell. The model provides Medicare beneficiaries who qualify for coverage under the Medicare Hospice Benefit the option to receive comforting hospice care while still receiving curative services. This model is part of a larger HHS effort to deliver cost-efficient, patient-centered care.

Hope Hospice was selected as one of 140 Medicare-certified hospices to take part in the five-year program expected to care for as many as 150,000 eligible participants. The new model offers care similar to Hope’s current palliative care program – providing support for seriously ill individuals such as those with advanced cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure.

“We are proud to be part of this initiative because it reinforces our belief that everyone should receive the best care possible. Comfort is essential at every stage of illness,” said Hope HealthCare Services President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith. “Participating in this model allows Hope to provide physical, emotional and spiritual support as soon as it is needed.”