State of Michigan reinstates Medicaid patient room and board allocation

Arbor Hospice is welcoming Medicaid recipients for in-patient care following the State of Michigan’s reinstatement of the Medicaid patient room and board allocation. Medicaid previously covered hospice and palliative care but provided no benefit for room and board, which made it more difficult for older and low-income recipients to find care at an in-patient facility.

The inclusion of a room and board allocation in Michigan’s Medicaid plans means more patients now have access to in-patient residential hospice care at The Residence of Arbor Hospice, in Saline, which features 13 private patient hospice rooms.

“This is a very welcome change in policy for Arbor Hospice and the greater healthcare community,” said Bob Cahill, President and CEO of Arbor Hospice & Palliative Care, “Any change that makes our service more accessible to those who need it most is undoubtedly encouraging in our mission to provide the highest quality hospice care regardless of age, diagnosis, or ability to pay.”

The Residence of Arbor Hospice will continue to accept patients based on their level of need for in-patient services. To inquire about care at The Residence of Arbor Hospice in Saline, contact Kelly Wicker, Operations Manager, at 888.992.2273.

About Arbor Hospice

Arbor Hospice, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, provides quality, compassionate care for those experiencing life-limiting illnesses throughout Washtenaw County and surrounding communities. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, Arbor offers certified community-based and inpatient hospice services and palliative care through NorthStar Palliative Care, as well as grief support services and community education programs. Through other NorthStar Care Community members, Arbor also provides pediatric hospice care and compassionate support services through Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through the NorthStar Institute. The NorthStar Care Community also includes Hospice of Michigan. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve nearly 5,100 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, visit www.arborhospice.org or call 888-992-2273.

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