Palliative Care versus Hospice Care

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Palliative Care focuses on the symptoms, pain, and stress of serious illness. Palliative care is specialized medical care provided in combination with curative treatment and is provided to patients in whatever setting they may call home.

  • For persons who are seriously or chronically ill
  • Not dependent on prognosis
  • Pain and symptom management
  • Medicare Part B billing


Hospice CareĀ also focusesĀ on the symptoms, pain, and stress of serious illness, but it focuses on patients who are in the terminal phase of their life and are no longer seeking curative treatment. Hospice care provides an interdisciplinary team approach that encompasses patients and their family’s holistic needs.

  • For persons who have a terminal prognosis of six months or less
  • Dependent on prognosis
  • Interdisciplinary team approach to care
  • End of life care
  • Medicare Part A billing