Our care team respects the relationship referring physicians have with their patients. Call us at a Compassus location to speak with a hospice physician, admissions coordinators or other staff.
- Hospice eligibility criteria and guidelines
- Better hospice conversations
- Find medical directors and physicians at our locations
- Kurt Merkelz, M.D., Chief Medical Officer
- The first step for a referral is discovering if we provide care where the patient calls home. Browse our location map.
- Call the location phone number 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.
- Our admissions coordinator will contact all responsible parties to coordinate family consultations and/or patient assessments.
- How to begin
- Frequently asked questions
- Paying for hospice
- Paying for palliative care
- Hospice care timeline
Hospice levels of care
Routine Hospice Care is the most common level of hospice care. Hospice care is provided at the patient's residence, which can include their home, assisted living facility or nursing home.
General Inpatient Care is appropriate when caregivers cannot manage pain or other symptoms in a home setting. Care is provided in a contracted facility with a registered nurse available 24/7, The hospice team visits the patient daily to help manage care.
Continuous Home Care is short-term care during a period of crisis to maintain the hospice patient at home. A crisis is a time in which a patient requires continuous care that is predominantly nursing care to manage pain or other medical symptoms. A caregivers crisis in not covered by continuous home care.
Inpatient Respite Care is short-term inpatient care for patients residing at home in order to relieve the caregiver. Respite care is provided on an occasional and pre-arranged basis and may not be reimbursed for more than five consecutive days at a time. During respite care, the patient is transferred to a hospice-contracted nursing facility or hospital for 24-hour nursing care.