Determining Eligibility

Ultimately, 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.

Medicare eligibility

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. 

Code of Federal Regulations - Eligibility, Election and Duration of Benefits

Hospice evaluation and counseling

For families considering hospice, Medicare enables physicians to work with hospice agency physicians or staff to:

  • Evaluate the individual’s need for pain and symptom management
  • Counsel the individual regarding hospice and other end-of-life options
  • Talk about advanced care planning

Compassus locations are licensed by states and fully certified by Medicare and Medicaid. Our Hospice physicians and nursing staff are available 24/7, with around-the-clock care when necessary.