Hospice Benefits Essay

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Whether in the family kitchen, living room or local coffee shop, people can be overheard discussing one of the most important topics of the day: health care. Health care impacts each one of us directly or indirectly. Health care has been a topic of conversation since WWII. Initially, health care was a privilege and not a right. There was a cost for this privilege and it came in the form of a premium or monthly payment. Today, we can thank the Affordable Care Act (ACA), for what was once a privilege is now a basic human right for all people. The ACA is paving the way for health care coverage regardless of race, creed, color, age or economic background. The ACA offers a new perspective on how we live, who should benefit, and in what ways. …show more content…
The “hospice movement” in the United States began in the 1970s and in1982, the Medicare Hospice Benefit (MHB) would be adopted by managed care facilities and private insurance medical plans. The Medicare Hospice Benefit coincides with the hospice benefit and requires long-term care facilities to meet the palliative care requirements of symptom management, nutritional assistance and spiritual and family …show more content…
The four levels defined as follows. The first level is, Routine Home Care. Routine Home Care provides basic care in the patient’s home. The second level is, Continuous Home Care. Continuous Home Care is round the clock care for patients whose symptoms require more intense care in addition to basic care. Third, General Inpatient Hospice Care. General Inpatient Hospice Care are dedicated or free-standing facilities that are located in various venues that deliver care to patients who cannot remain at home. Fourth, Respite Care. Respite care gives relief to the caregiver. Adult day care centers provide planned activities and socialization allowing the caregiver rest and

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