Hospice is a philosophy of medical care that focuses more on the comfort of a patient rather than actually curing a disease. Hospice typically requires a certification of a physician, that a patient has somewhere in the neighborhood of six months to live. Typically hospice patients are cared for by a team of different professionals in different specialties: including spiritual care, nursing care; social workers are involved, and physicians are involved in that care as well.
A patient can keep his own physician during his stay in hospice. He also has the advantage of having a hospice physician to cover his case as well. Most hospices have a fair amount of charity work or no-pay work that they do. It is a benefit that is covered under Medicare, so most people would be covered under that. A lot of private insurances and Medicaid pay for it as well. No one would be turned away from any hospice based on ability to pay.
The Brazos Valley Physicians Organization is a group of independent physicians who provide a group of local comprehensive services to the greater Brazos Valley, while preserving the choice and sanctity of the patient physician relationship. Our vision is that the patient always comes first.