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Hospice Medical Directors’ Resources

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nurse and patient discuss hospice resources for medical directorsHospice Resources for Medical Directors

Below are hospice resources for medical directors.

Care Delivery the Compassus Way is based on the foundational understanding that all patients with serious illnesses and at the end of life have universal needs. These needs are comfort, safety and autonomy, and quality of life.  

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Referral > Prognosis > Eligibility > Admission >Certification

  • Initial Certification: 15 days prior to 2 days after election of hospice services
  • Recertification: 15 days prior to 2 days after new benefit period
  • Conduct face-to-face visit: within 30 days prior to new certification period (Only required prior to 3rd benefit period and any subsequent benefit periods).
  • Notice of Termination: within 5 days after a patient is discharged from hospice
  • Certification of Terminal Illness
  • Hospice Electronic Medical Record (EMR)
  • Patient documentation for all specialties
  • Review and create narratives
  • Order signature & medication reconciliation
  • Documentation of face-to-face visits

HCHB F2F Guide(PDF, 180 KB)
HCHB IDT Console

  • Timely documentation (IDT notes, F2F, CTI, order signatures & timesheets)
  • Activate & utilize Compassus email, promptly respond to messages and calls
  • Timely face-to-face completion
  • Participate in quarterly medical director meeting
  • Notify DCS when taking time off and coordinate coverage
  • Death certificate completion
  • Establish and maintain accreditation Hospice Medical Director Certification
  • Medical Directors Roles and Responsibilities
  • Short-term hospice care for symptom control not achieved in an outpatient setting (intractable pain, terminal agitation, IV drip)
  • Daily documentation supporting the need for inpatient care
  • Develop a disposition plan in advance of symptom control
  • GIP is not a substitute or bridge to nursing home placement
  • GIP Toolkit(PDF, 4.1 MB)
  • GIP Presentation