My FIL was swtiched over to hospice way, way too early. He was cathing himself and then needed a cather put in but his visiting nurses could not do it. He refused to go to the hospital and then one day put a gun to his stomach threatening to kill himself. When visiting nurse found out, they said he needed Hospice to be called in. We asked if Hospice is a facilitate to die organization and was told no.
Hospice comes in and does little. No real help to the family, late to visits, etc. The main thing FIL wanted was pain pills. And more pills. And more pills. And they were happy to supply. Then his kidneys got worse and no urine was coming out when he cathed himself and he kept swelling.
Both visiting nurse and hospice nurses could not get a foley cath in. The social worker came in one day, called my husband and asked how much FIL had in the bank that he was going to a nursing home. They leave and FIL calls my husband and says, "I want to go to the hospital."
The nurse at the hospital got the foley cath in, a tremendous amount of urine came out. That has been close to 3 months ago and FIL is in rehab at a nursing home. Our family had hospice removed because we were told he could not have certain tests done.
We have now received a statement that Medicare has paid $0 on his hospital bill (over 18K) because he was a Hospice patient. Is this billed under a supplemental policy or does Hospice receive a bill and then turn it into his insurance? Anyone else experienced this?