VA Hospice Care Policy Overview

  1. What is VA's responsibility in terms of offering hospice and palliative care to enrolled veterans deemed appropriate for such care?

    1. Handbook 1140.5 states VA is to "offer(s) to provide or purchase needed hospice and palliative care services for all enrolled veterans, whether these services are needed in an inpatient setting or in the homeHospice and palliative care is a covered benefit for all enrolled veterans, on par with all other medical services included in the Medical Benefits Package (Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 17.38(a)(1)(xi)A).

For questions, please contact Scott T. Shreve, DO, National Director of Hospice and Palliative Care via email at or phone at 717-228-5946.

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