Cost and Coverage

Cost and Coverage

“What the HOP teams do each day to reduce suffering and enhance quality of life is incredible. Your professionalism, compassion, empathy, and gentle ways are undeniable!”

- A patient’s daughter

Figuring out next steps along the end-of-life journey can be hard. But, paying for hospice care doesn’t have to be: Our end-of-life and grief support services are available at no cost to patients and their families.

The oldest and most experienced hospice in the region, Hospice of the Piedmont has been providing compassionate pain control and symptom management for tens of thousands of terminally ill patients since 1980. Our expert, credentialed team not only cares for patients but also supports their loved ones with a safe and positive place to grieve in our high-quality bereavement programs.

Our Cost

  • Hospice of the Piedmont provides high-quality hospice care and comprehensive grief support to patients and families, regardless of their ability to pay. A majority of our services are available at no cost to patients and their families.
  • We are Medicare- and Medicaid-certified, so eligible patients are covered for all needs related to their primary illness with no deductible or co-payment.
  • Patients who do not qualify for Medicare or Medicaid and have no private insurance coverage may qualify for hospice care at a reduced rate or no charge following a financial screening.
  • We are a community-based, nonprofit organization. Most of our funding comes from insurance reimbursement from Medicare, Medicaid, and private health insurance carriers. We also receive generous donations from individuals, businesses, and foundations that believe in and support our purpose to deliver compassionate care to everyone along the end-of-life journey.

Our Coverage

  • HOP provides compassionate, specialized healthcare and support for terminally ill patients with diseases including cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, end-stage kidney disease, end-stage liver disease, HIV/AIDS, ALS and other end-stage neurodegenerative diseases, and end-stage heart and lung disease.
  • Anyone—children to adults—facing the later stages of any terminal illness is eligible for hospice care.
  • Most patients enter hospice care when:

     * Their physician, in agreement with the HOP Medical Director, thinks they will live six months or less if the disease runs its normal course.

    * The patient, family, and physician agree that the medical focus should be on comfort, not cure.

  • Hospice supports patients where they are: at home or in the hospital, retirement community, assisted living facility, or nursing home.
  • The hospice benefit does not expire after six months. Patients can continue in hospice if their health is still declining and the ongoing assessment supports a six-month prognosis, as determined by your hospice interdisciplinary team in conjunction with the hospice Medical Director. Most patients enter hospice too late, in the last days or weeks of life. Actually, patients can benefit from our services for days, months, or years, as long as they still have a six-month or less prognosis.
  • While physicians and hospitals usually refer patients to hospice, anyone—friends, neighbors, and clergy—can refer a patient. Patients can even refer themselves.
  • A skilled hospice admission nurse will assess the patient and, in collaboration with the attending physician and HOP Medical Director, determine eligibility for hospice care.

Hospice is a choice. So are hospice providers. Just as you decide which medical clinic to go to for health care, you can also choose which hospice to go to for end-of-life care. Ask friends, coworkers, and neighbors about their experiences with hospice so you can make an informed decision that works best for you. We hope you choose Hospice of the Piedmont. We’d be honored to serve you and your loved ones with the respect, dignity, compassion, and superior quality you deserve.

Want to know more about receiving hospice care?
We can guide you through the process with no obligation or cost.
Contact Hospice of the Piedmont now: 1-800-975-5501, 434-817-6900, or