Hospice and palliative care referrals should weigh a physician's experienced clinical judgement, Medicare regulations, if applicable, and input from patients and their family. Physicians and admissions coordinators at our local programs are available for consultation.
To elect hospice under Medicare, an individual must be entitled to Medicare Part A and certified as being terminally ill by a physician and have a prognosis of six months or less, if the disease runs its normal course.
- Eligibility, Election and Duration of Benefits - Code of Federal Regulations
Hospice Pre-Election Evaluation and Counseling Services - CMS-R386CP.pdf
Medicare allows and reimburses for a one-time visit by a physician who is either the medical director of or employee of a hospice agency to:
- Evaluate the need for pain and symptom management
- Counsel the individual regarding hospice and other care options
- Advise the individual regarding advanced care planning
All Compassus locations are licensed by states and fully certified by Medicare and Medicaid. Browse to our location pages for contact and medical director information.
Helping families understand care for some of the most common hospice referrals and concerns.
- Hospice and end-stage cancer
- Hospice care for heart failure
- Late-stage Alzheimer's disease or other dementia
- End-stage COPD: hospice and palliative care
- Hospice care for Huntington's disease
- End-of-life care for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - ALS
- Managing pain
- Hospice and the Medicare benefit
- Frequently ask questions