CRYSTAL CITY, Mo. – Mercy Hospital Jefferson is one of four hospice providers in Missouri selected to participate in the Medicare Care Choices Model allowing hospice-like care while continuing to deliver curative services for patients at the same time.
The announcement by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell provides Medicare beneficiaries who qualify the option to receive supportive care services typically provided by hospice and continue to receive curative services. The model is part of a larger effort at HHS to deliver better care, more cost-effectively, and to put patients in the center of their care.
“We are very proud to have been selected to participate in the Medicare Care Choices Model,” said Monica Rozier, administrator of Home Health and Hospice at Mercy Hospital Jefferson. “It is a terrific recognition of the level of care we provide, and a tremendous benefit for patients who qualify.”
All eligible hospices across the country were invited to apply to participate in the model. Due to significant interest, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) expanded the model from an originally anticipated 30 Medicare-certified hospices to more than 140 and extended the duration of the model from 3 to 5 years. The program expansion is expected to enable as many as 150,000 eligible Medicare beneficiaries with life-limiting illnesses to experience this new option and flexibility.
“The model is for patients who would otherwise qualify for hospice, but they are not ready to give up on curative treatment,” Rozier said. ”
Services will begin January 1, 2016, for the first phase of participating hospices, and in January 2018 for the remaining participating hospices. Mercy Jefferson was notified that it would begin the model in January 2018.
The four Missouri-based hospitals in the model include Mercy Hospice Jefferson and three in St. Louis County. Mercy Home Health and Hospice is located at 5 Industrial Drive, in Crystal City, behind the main hospital campus. For information call 636-933-1200 or 1-800-870-4996.
Individuals who wish to receive services under the model must fall into certain categories:
For more information on the model or list of participating hospices, visit http://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Fact-sheets/2015-Fact-sheets-items/2015-07-20.html.
Mercy Hospital Jefferson, part of Mercy’s east Missouri region, is a 251-bed acute care hospital. Founded through community donations as Jefferson Memorial in 1957, the hospital provides a 24-hour emergency department; a full range of cardiovascular services; inpatient and outpatient surgeries, a family-centered maternity program; a cancer treatment center; behavioral health facilities; hospice, home care, and outpatient treatment services.
Mercy is the seventh largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves millions annually. Mercy includes 46 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, more than 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
In Mercy’s east Missouri region, services include a 979-bed hospital in St. Louis, 187-bed hospital in Washington, 251-bed hospital in Crystal City and Mercy Clinic, a 570-member multispecialty physician organization. For more about Mercy, visit www.mercy.net.