Differing from most long term care options, hospice provides a very specific function in end-of-life care in providing support and comfort to patients who generally have six or less months to live. This list highlights the top 25 hospices based on total Medicare charges and also includes total Medicare payments as well as total Medicare claims.
The top 25 represent over $3.3 billion in charges and over $1.9 billion in payments for the 2018 fiscal year. VITAS Hospice Office - Brevard in Florida tops the list with $792,527,007 in Medicare charges and 124,558 total medicare claims— figures that are 127% and 141% higher, respectively, than the next appearing hospice on the list, Cornerstone Hospice & Palliative Care - Lake County. The figures from VITA Hospice Office represent nearly 24% of total Medicare charges for the Top 25 list as well as over 26% of total medicare claims on the list.
The state of Florida is disproportionately represented in the list with nearly 50% of the top 25 located in the Sunshine State — along with 60% of the top 10 hospices. Total Medicare charges from Florida-based hospices account for over 62% of the total charges from the top 25 list.
The only other state to appear more than once on the list is Ohio with three hospices, comprising under 10% of the listed charges.
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|Hospice Name||Definitive ID||State||Total Medicare Charges||Total Medicare Payments||Total Medicare Claims||Explore This Dataset|
|1.||VITAS Hospice Office - Brevard||800223||FL||$792,527,007||$553,060,429||124,558||Explore This Profile|
|2.||Mid County Community Service Center||799359||FL||$195,872,891||$79,366,361||20,696||Explore This Profile|
|3.||Charles W Gerstenberg Hospice Center||799430||FL||$144,314,303||$72,732,451||18,212||Explore This Profile|
|4.||Hospice of the Western Reserve Inc||799846||OH||$128,650,547||$65,688,695||17,225||Explore This Profile|
|5.||Chapters Health - Lifepath Hospice South Tampa||799358||FL||$128,288,963||$77,867,948||19,826||Explore This Profile|
|6.||The Pepper Family Hospice Care Center||798990||IL||$127,852,977||$77,321,163||19,453||Explore This Profile|
|7.||Hope Hospice and Community Services Inc||799434||FL||$127,253,172||$60,355,365||14,998||Explore This Profile|
|8.||EvergreenHealth Hospice Care||799457||WA||$114,076,081||$33,537,710||8,251||Explore This Profile|
|9.||Tidewell Hospice - Sarasota Hospice House||799438||FL||$107,264,875||$67,356,840||18,839||Explore This Profile|
|10.||Hospice of Cincinnati - Margret J Thomas Inpatient Care Center||799941||OH||$107,034,925||$44,842,082||11,746||Explore This Profile|
|11.||Community Hospice of Northeast Florida Inc||799951||FL||$105,058,242||$75,070,877||19,402||Explore This Profile|
|12.||Cornerstone Hospice & Palliative Care - Lake County||799499||FL||$101,852,659||$77,473,302||21,450||Explore This Profile|
|13.||Catholic Hospice - Miami Lakes||799504||FL||$101,125,571||$34,017,639||7,351||Explore This Profile|
|14.||Care Dimensions Inc||797798||MA||$99,208,499||$54,339,725||12,593||Explore This Profile|
|15.||Gilchrist Hospice Hunt Valley||797361||MD||$97,443,795||$53,011,885||14,459||Explore This Profile|
|16.||Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care of Southern Florida - Miami Jewish Health Systems Inpatient Center||799420||FL||$93,482,086||$43,099,046||9,228||Explore This Profile|
|17.||Hosparus Health - Louisville||796841||KY||$91,169,925||$57,253,013||16,335||Explore This Profile|
|18.||Visiting Nurse Service of New York Hospice Care||797883||NY||$86,684,257||$72,401,235||16,083||Explore This Profile|
|19.||Ohios Hospice of Dayton||799844||OH||$84,558,150||$56,935,729||13,983||Explore This Profile|
|20.||TrustBridge Hospice of Boca Raton||799357||FL||$84,425,325||$49,822,455||11,898||Explore This Profile|
|21.||Agrace Hospice - Madison||798671||WI||$83,737,366||$48,368,307||11,438||Explore This Profile|
|22.||Kindred Hospice Miami||800224||FL||$82,122,730||$49,834,997||12,505||Explore This Profile|
|23.||The Denver Hospice Inpatient Care Center||796624||CO||$81,611,756||$28,413,391||7,320||Explore This Profile|
|24.||Avalon Hospice - Nashville||798827||TN||$79,989,953||$56,782,762||16,596||Explore This Profile|
|25.||Allina Health Home Care Services||799026||MN||$78,648,238||$48,792,163||12,0||Explore This Profile|
Fig 1. Financial data for hospice cost report period ending 12/31/2018. Data is from October 2019 Medicare Cost Report release; the next scheduled Medicare Cost Report release is January 2020.