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Archive for Tuesday, March 17, 1992

LMH TO CONSIDER LINK WITH HOSPICE

March 17, 1992

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Lawrence Memorial Hospital's board of trustees will consider approving a contract with Hospice Care in Douglas County, a not-for-profit corporation that provides care and treatment for terminally ill patients.

The contract outlines the hospital's services and fees to the agency. For example, the contract says the hospital will make beds available to Hospice as needed. The hospital also would provide services requested by Hospice subject to a physician's order when required, including emergency care, nursing care, dietary services, environmental services, laboratory services, radiology, respiratory services, pharmacy services and other professional services.

According to the contract, LMH would charge Hospice for all services related to the care and management of the patient's terminal disease, including room and board, nursing and ancillary services, at a per-day rate of $325 for patients covered under Medicare hospital insurance, called Medicare Part A.

For Medicare Part A and Medicaid eligible patients who choose to receive Medicare coverage of hospice care, LMH would bill Hospice directly and would not bill Hospice patients.

LMH would use its own billing and collection for patients who do qualify for Medicare or who do not want their hospice care covered by Medicare or Medicaid benefits.

The trustees will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the Jayhawk Room in the hospital. They also will review a draft policy regarding medical staff who are named as a party in any legal suit or investigation related to medical staff peer review activities.

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