In 2006, HospiceCare provided bereavement services to more than 4,000 individuals, both children and adults. Although they are required by state and federal regulations and are critical to helping families return to functional living after their loss, bereavement services are not covered by insurance, Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement. HospiceCare provides these services because the organization believes they are critical to helping families return to functional living after their loss. HospiceCare's grief support groups are open to everyone in the community who has experienced a loss, even if the individual has no prior experience with HospiceCare services.
In 2006, more than 900 volunteers provided a variety of services including direct service to patients and their families in their homes and in the HospiceCare Inpatient Unit. Volunteers also provided administrative support in the HospiceCare offices, helped organize special events and made community presentations.
Education and Community Outreach:
More than 13,395 community residents participated in HospiceCare's education and in-service programs in 2006. In 2006, more than 150 medical students, residents and fellows participated in rotations at HospiceCare. Since the initiation of the HospiceCare Rotation Program in 1995, approximately 700 students, interns, residents, fellows and working healthcare professionals from University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Blackhawk Technical College, Viterbo University, Edgewood College, Herzing College, Madison Area Technical College and other institutions of higher learning have completed an educational experience at HospiceCare. HospiceCare receives no reimbursement for these rotations with the exception of an annual stipend from the UW-Madison School of Pharmacy.
Reimbursement Facts & Figures:
The Medicare Hospice Benefit covers the costs of care for 91% of patient days in our in-home program and 85% of patient days in our inpatient program-a good indicator of patient age demographics. The Medicare Hospice Benefit is one of the most comprehensive Medicare benefits available. In 2006, HospiceCare's patient expenses exceeded patient revenues by $8 per patient per day, which totals more than $1.1 million per year. Medicare and Medicaid benefits are significant but do not cover all patient-care costs. Generous community support makes it possible for HospiceCare to cover the difference. Uninsured and underinsured patients are never denied needed in-home care. Patients without caregivers or with compromised caregivers are never turned away. Community contributions allow HospiceCare to provide services to the uninsured and underinsured patients based on substantiated need and within available resources. For 26 out of 28 years of operation, HospiceCare has operated without a deficit, thanks to the support from our community and good fiscal management of our resources.
The Ellen & Peter Johnson HospiceCare Residence:
In October 2006, HospiceCare opened the Ellen & Peter Johnson HospiceCare Residence. The 32-bed facility allows HospiceCare to provide a much-needed and new level of care: residential hospice care. This facility is the first of its kind in HospiceCare's service area. With the Ellen & Peter Johnson HospiceCare Residence, patients who are receiving acute inpatient care and whose symptoms have been successfully stabilized, can be offered the option to stay as a residential patient if they cannot go home. Enrollment is also open to all potential hospice patients who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness and have a life expectancy of six months or less.
The HospiceCare Thrift Store:
HospiceCare opened a thrift store at
122 Junction Road
in August 2006.
The store, staffed by 65 volunteers, not only provides a revenue stream to support patient and family care, but most importantly is a service to HospiceCare families who swish to donate possessions for a charitable cause. The store is open Monday, Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Donations can be made at the store location during these hours. Those making furniture donations can call the store to schedule a pickup.
HospiceCare Inc. is comprised of three organizations:
HospiceCare Inc.: the program and operating entity.
HospiceCare Foundation Inc.: responsible for financial assets, fundraising and building an endowment.
HospiceCare Holdings Inc.: responsible for managing real estate assets.
Last Updated: 4/16/2007 – less–ZoomInfo