Medicare and Hospice: How Do They Work. Hospice is a service, not a place. There are 283 hospice agencies in the Houston area. Hospice is a program of care and support to people who are terminally ill. The focus is on comfort and not on curing the illness. Care is generally given in the home. Medications can help with the pain and the anxiety that the patient is feeling. This presenter has first-hand experience and knowledge and is not affiliated with a particular hospital or hospice agency. Learn the ins and outs, admission and recertification process, length of hospice benefit periods & termination, selection of provider agencies, Medicare payments for hospice, and more.