The Transitions CareChoices (TCC) program offers
patients with a life-limiting prognosis having Medicare
as their primary insurer, the chance to continue to seek
ongoing medical treatment options while also receiving
the comfort-focused benefits of hospice care.
What support will Transitions CareChoices provide?
Under this program, the patient’s current physician and/or specialist will continue to direct and bill for his or her care and treatment, including pain and symptom management; however, Transitions CareChoices will provide valuable interdisciplinary support including:
- Nursing case management, social work, spiritual care, limited aide services and volunteer support, provided in the home and through regular telephone contact
- Access to 24/7 support in times of crisis
How do patients qualify for Transitions CareChoices?
To be eligible, patients must:
- Live at home
- Be certified as terminally ill, with a prognosis of six months or less to live*
- Have a terminal diagnosis of cancer, CHF, COPD or HIV/AIDS
- Have been hospitalized at least once including ER visits and visited a physician at least three times in the last 12 months and be at risk for repeat hospitalizations and/or physician visits related to the terminal diagnosis
- Have been enrolled in Medicare Parts A, B for at least 12 months, where Medicare is the primary insurance
What is the goal of TCC?
TCC is part of a five-year Demonstration Project by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and is designed to evaluate the benefits of adding hospice case management and services to the care of patients who are terminally ill but not yet ready to give up curative treatments.
When does the program start?
TCC, began enrolling patients January 1, 2016, is the only organization providing. this program in the region
For more information or to make a referral, call: 919-828-0890.
*In accordance with the Hospice Conditions of Participation 418.22