PALLIATIVE CARE is a benefit to patients who are seriously ill with multiple co-morbidities with uncontrolled symptoms. Because Palliative Care is a medical specialty, patients receive medical treatment for their pain and symptom management issues. Palliative Care is not dependent on set criteria or treatment options. Palliative Care also provides assistance with advanced care planning and goals of care discussions.
Q: WHO CAN RECEIVE PALLIATIVE CARE?
A: Anyone who is severely or chronically ill can benefit from Palliative Care.
Q: WHERE CAN PATIENTS RECEIVE PALLIATIVE CARE?
A: Palliative Care services are provided in whatever setting the patient calls home: private home, nursing home, assisted living, etc.
Q: HOW IS PALLIATIVE CARE PAID FOR?
A: Palliative Care is billed under Medicare Part B, or through commercial insurance, as a professional service (like a physician’s visit). Some insurance plans may require a co-pay. Your palliative care provider will disclose any required co-pays before providing services.
Q: CAN A PATIENT RECEIVE HOME HEALTH CARE AND PALLIATIVE CARE AT THE SAME TIME?
A: Yes. Home Health Care is paid for under Medicare Part A and Palliative Care is covered under Part B. Paradigm Health Palliative Care Nurse Practitioners are able to work side by side with home care agencies to provide comprehensive and collaborative care.
Skilled nursing services are offered to teach and assist in management of chronic or new health conditions. Some examples of skilled nursing services may include; teaching or administration of injections, wound care dressings, catheter care, tube feeding, and education on disease management.
Medical Social Services
A medical social worker works with individuals who are in need of psychosocial assistance. They provide case management and coordination of community resources. Medical social services also provide assistance with the social and emotional effects of coping with acute and chronic illnesses in the home.