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Please feel free to contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns you might have regarding hospice care and/or Ohio's Hospice of Miami County. You may do this online (click below) or by telephone 937.335.5191. Your inquiry or comments will be directed to the most appropriate hospice employee for a prompt response.

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    Concerns/Suggestions Your concerns and suggestions are always important to us and can be communicated to our clinical management by contacting: Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County 550 Summit Ave., Suite 101 P.O. Box 502 Troy, OH 45373 Phone: 937.335.5191 If we fail to satisfy your questions or concerns, you can also contact the following sources: The Office of Quality and Patient Safety One Renaissance Boulevard Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181 E-mail: Fax: 630.792.5636

    Illnesses that may qualify for hospice care include, but are not limited to:

    1. Metastatic Cancers
    2. Heart Disease
    3. Kidney Disease
    4. Liver Disease
    5. Lung Disease Stroke and/or Coma
    6. AIDS
    7. Neurological Diseases (Alzheimers, Parkinsons, Dementia)
    8. Lou Gehrigs Disease (ALS)
    9. Failure of Multiple Organ Systems
    10. Failure to Thrive

    An unfortunate misconception about hospice is that the use of hospice care somehow guarantees the patient has less than six months to live. Medicare defines the hospice standards that are used by Medicare hospice providers and most private insurance companies. According to Medicare: “Generally speaking, the hospice benefit is intended primarily for use by patients whose prognosis is terminal, with six months or less life expectancy. However, the Medicare program recognizes that terminal illnesses do not have entirely predictable courses.”

    Medicare’s benefit is not limited in terms of time. Hospice care is available as long as the patient’s prognosis meets the law’s six month test. This test is a general one, based on the attending physician’s and/or Medical Director’s clinical judgment regarding the normal course of the individual’s illness.

    Under this philosophy, Medicare has specified a procedure for certification and periodic recertification of the patient’s eligibility for care under the Medicare Hospice Benefit. This procedure provides two 90-day eligibility certification periods followed by an unlimited number of 60 day eligibility certification periods.