How Can I End The Hospice Benefit?If you decide you want curative treatment (instead of just palliative treatment), you have the right to stop hospice at any time. Speak with your hospice doctor if you are interested in stopping. If you end your hospice care, you will be asked to sign a form that includes the date such care will end. Afterwards, you will again receive Medicare the way you did before choosing hospice, either through Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage Plan.

If you choose to end hospice care, make sure you provide your Part D plan with written proof of the change so that it can update your status in its system. If you do not give your plan this information, you may get medication denials.

You can elect hospice again later if you continue to meet the eligibility requirements (see What Is Medicare’s Hospice Benefit?).

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