Lake Superior Hospice

Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice (LSLC&H) is a nonprofit, community-based organization serving Marquette County since 1979. As Michigan’s oldest existing hospice, LSLC&H provides personal and professional care 24 hours a day 7 days a week. LSLC&H strives to comfort patients and their families during time limiting situations.

Hospice is palliative care for patients near the end of their life. Hospice care can be provided in a patients’ home, hospice centers, hospitals, long-term care facilities, or wherever a patient resides. Palliative care focuses on improving a patient’s quality of life by managing pain and other distressing symptoms of a serious life-limiting illness. Palliative care should be provided along with other medical treatments.

Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice creates a personal and specialized care plan to ensure each patient and their families are getting the care they need and deserve. Physicians, who specialize in hospice and palliative medicine work with other doctors and healthcare professionals, listen to patients and align their treatments with what is important to them, and help families navigate the complex healthcare system. LSLC&H offers expert emotional, spiritual, and physical support to take away some of the burdens from the families during a difficult time to allow them to spend quality time together.

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The Four C’s of Lake Superior Hospice

Care – Lake Superior Hospice offers personal and professional care to each and every patient and their families.

Compassion – Lake Superior Hospice is very sympathetic for their patients of the misfortune of needing hospice care, and has a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.

Commitment – Lake Superior Hospice promises every patient and their families the care and attention they need during this difficult period.

Collaboration – The Lake Superior Hospice Team works with each other to assist each and every patient and their families to ensure they are receiving the best care possible.

Who Pays for Hospice?

There is no reason to defer hospice care due to financial concerns. The Medicare Hospice Benefit is an inclusive benefit, in which all services that are related to the terminal illness are covered 100 percent by Medicare part A. Care that is unrelated to the terminal illness continues to be covered by Medicare Parts A and B, with all normal rules applicable (e.g., co-payments, coverage guidelines and deductibles).

Coverage includes everything involved in hospice care, from visits by a nurse, physician and other healthcare professionals to therapy, medication and supplies.

A pie chart showing who pays for hospice

For those not eligible for Medicare or Medicaid, payment for hospice can come from private insurance or an HMO, since these also include a hospice benefit.

Facing a terminal illness brings with it many concerns. Paying for end-of-life care shouldn’t be one of them. 

The Medicare Hospice Benefit

The Medicare Hospice Benefit provides coverage for the following services:

  • An interdisciplinary team of hospice professionals
  • Home medical equipment
  • Medication
  • Respite care
  • Continuous care
  • Inpatient care
  • Routine home care
  • Bereavement support 

Source: NHPCO's Facts and Figures: Hospice Care in America

For More Information about the Hospice Payment System, please visit: 

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNProducts/downloads/hospice_pay_sys_fs.pdf

Lake Superior Hospice Service Area Map

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Hospice Compare Information

The quality of patient care that hospices provide to patients and families can vary. Hospice Compare reports information on hospices across the nation and allows patients, family members, and health care providers to get a snapshot of the quality of care each hospice provides. You can compare hospices based on a national survey that rates family members’ experiences with hospice care or on important indicators of quality, like the percentage of patients checked for pain or who are asked about their preferences for life-sustaining treatment.

The information on Hospice Compare should be used with other information you gather about hospices in your area. In addition to reviewing the information on Hospice Compare, you should talk to your doctor, social worker, or other health care providers when choosing a hospice.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that runs the Medicare program, created Hospice Compare in collaboration with organizations representing people with Medicare, hospice organizations, other stakeholders, and other federal agencies.

https://www.medicare.gov/hospicecompare/

 

What is a non-profit organization?

There are many kinds of non-profits, but for most people, non-profit means a “charitable” or 501(c)3 organization.

What separates a charitable organization from other types of tax-exempt organizations is its purpose: it must benefit the broad public interest, not just the interests of its members.  Congress and state legislatures have long recognized this special service by making these organizations tax-exempt, which enables them to dedicate their funds to fulfilling their missions. To encourage the American people to make contributions, federal and state governments have allowed taxpayers to deduct charitable contributions when calculating their income taxes.

Charitable organizations receive their tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  To obtain this designation an organization must outline to the Internal Revenue Service the details its charitable purposes, its sources of funding, the members of its board of directors, its bylaws, and other information.

The IRS recognizes Lake Superior Hospice as a charitable 501(c)3 organization.

What is the difference between a non-profit and for-profit?

The difference between non-profit and for-profit organizations is for profit organizations are commonly privately owned and operated, where as in a non-profit the Board of Directors controls the organization. In non-profit organizations none of the surplus in funds can benefit an individual or stakeholder.

Non-profit organizations rely heavily on fundraising and donations for the funds needed to run the day-to-day operations. Without these opportunities many non-profit organizations would not be able to provide service. Non-profits are people coming together to form an organization to solve problems and enrich their communities. Non-profit organizations play a major role in the social and economic well being of our communities. They allow people to donate time, resources and expertise for a greater good.