- Hospice eligibility criteria, including disease-specific guidelines
- Evaluation tools and scales
- Compassus Locations
- Eligibility and Duration of Benefits - Code of Federal Regulations
- Better hospice conversations
- Hospice billing reference guide (PDF, 970 KB)
- Kurt Merkelz, M.D., Compassus Chief Medical Officer
- Our response to COVID-19
We respect the relationship physicians have with their patients. Our goal is to work together to ensure patients and families receive the right care, at the right time.
If you prefer to speak with someone, you may contact our resource center or a local Compassus office.
Routine Hospice Care, or sometimes called routine home care or RHC, is the most common level of hospice care. Routine care is provided at the patient's residence, which can include their home, assisted living or nursing home.
General Inpatient Care is appropriate when caregivers cannot manage pain or other symptoms in a home setting. Care is provided at a Medicare-approved facility. 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 designed to give family caregiver time off. 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.