Photo: Samira K. Beckwith
With a year-long extension of their Hope Choices program, Hope Hospice (based in Fort Myers, Florida) will be able to continue offering special access to additional, personalized care for Medicare participants receiving curative treatment for chronic illness – along with counseling, education, family support, and respite to ensure their caregivers and loved ones also receive much needed help.
In 2018, Hope was among a select number of hospices in the country chosen by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to offer the Medicare Care Choices Model. Through the recent MCCM extension, Hope Choices will continue allowing more Medicare beneficiaries to receive supportive care.
For people with cancer, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or human immunodeficiency virus, Hope develops a specialized plan with their physician and coordinates care through a combination of in-person visits and 24/7 telephone access. The program is a step forward for Medicare, and an option already available for many people with private insurance.
“With Hope Choices, people can receive special care and support earlier, while still pursuing treatments,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare. “We are happy to have the opportunity to continue adding more hope and quality of life to every day.”
Hope Choices is available at no cost; all services are covered for Medicare beneficiaries. To learn more about the program, call 239-482-4673.