Frequently Asked Questions

Responses to our most commonly asked questions are posted below.  However, please contact us if you have additional questions or need clarification. 

Hospice is a benefit specifically designed for patients who have a life limiting illness with a six month or less life expectancy. Hospice was designed to provide support at end of life.

Palliative care is designed to provide symptom management to patients who have a chronic disease condition. We are focused on providing support and assisting families with changes related to disease progression. 

Medicare Part A covers hospice at 100%. Many other private insurance plans also have a hospice benefit.  Private insurance companies often times have deductibles which need to be met.

Medicare Part B covers clinician services for palliative care.  Palliative Care is reimbursed as an office visit by Medicare Part B and private insurances. 

A referral from your primary care physician or other physician is required to initiate hospice or palliative care.  Once the referral is received, our office will work with your physician to gather any additional documentation that is needed, such as your medical history.

Palliative Care covers Nurse Practitioner and Physician visits in the home to provide support, symptom management, and education related to your chronic disease condition.  Vantage Palliative Care also provides you 24/7 access to telephonic nursing support. 

Hospice is a robust program to support patients and families at the end of life.  Hospice covers nursing visits, Aide visits, Social Worker visits, Chaplain visits, and if needed, volunteer visits.  Hospice also covers medications, supplies, and medical equipment related to the hospice diagnosis or related diagnosis. 

We serve patients across Houston and surrounding areas, including Conroe, Humble/Kingwood, Baytown, Texas City, Needville, Sugar Land, Richmond, Rosenberg, and Sealy.

We serve palliative care patients in Katy, Sugar Land, Richmond, Rosenberg, and Cypress.  Our palliative care program only provides care in the patient’s home. 

No, it is not.  You can utilize palliative care in conjunction with curative treatments including chemotherapy and home health.  Additionally, you do not necessarily have to have a terminal illness to utilize palliative care.  Hospice care, on the other hand, is for patients who have opted not to continue treatment and who have a six month or less life expectancy. 

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