Hospice Benefit is a State Plan service for terminally ill individuals at the end of their life cycle and having certification from a physician with a life expectancy of six (6) months or less. Hospice provides palliative treatment such as nursing care, medical social services, physician services, counseling short term patient care, medical appliances and supplies, drugs related to terminal condition, home health aide or homemaker, or non-restorative therapies.
For Mississippi Medicaid purposes, palliative is defined as the relief of severe pain or other physical symptoms and supportive care to meet the special needs arising from physical, psychological, spiritual social and economic stress which are experienced during the final stages of illness and during dying and bereavement. Through this emphasis on palliative rather than curative services, individuals have a choice whenever conventional approaches for medical treatment may no longer be appropriate.
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