My MIL is currently in a nursing home with Medicaid pending. Someone, I'm not even sure who (we're dealing with so many people -- social workers, caseworkers, hospital people, nursing home people), suggested having her apply for hospice on the grounds that Medicare would then pay hospice bills, and they are more prompt and reliable about payment than Medicaid. My husband was at a meeting about this yesterday, and they wanted him to sign something saying he would pay if Medicare didn't. He refused, so I guess she won't get hospice. Probably doesn't really matter. She is already on palliative care.
It isn't that we aren't willing to help MIL financially. We have been doing that for years. It's just that this sounds like asking us to write a blank check. Medical costs can be very high, and if Medicare refuses to pay after charges have been made, it seems like we could lose everything we have if DH were to sign what they wanted him to.
Does anyone know if this is standard procedure for hospice?