Hospice Eligibility and Diagnosis Guidelines

Timely and appropriate identification of hospice-eligible patients increases the likelihood that they and their families will benefit from compassionate, end-of-life care. By law, healthcare professionals must certify that patients meet guidelines to be eligible for a referral to a hospice provider.

To be eligible for hospice services, a person must:

  1. Have a terminal prognosis with a life expectancy of 6 months or less if the terminal illness runs its normal course as certified by a physician
  2. Be under the care of a physician
  3. Choose supportive symptom management rather than aggressive curative care
  4. Request hospice services

Hospice may be the right choice for a patient suffering the effects of any disease in its final stages. Some common diagnoses that could qualify a person for hospice care are:

  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Pulmonary disease
  • Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease
  • Renal disease
  • Liver disease
  • Stroke or coma
  • Neurological diseases (ALS, MS, Parkinson’s disease)
  • HIV or AIDS
  • Any other life-limiting illness

If you think someone you know might qualify for hospice services, please contact us today.