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Hospice Medical Directors’ Resources

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Hospice Resources for Medical Directors

Care Delivery: The Compassus Way​

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.  

Onboarding Checklist

Workplace Essentials & Tools

Hospice Admission & Certification Pearls

Understand the organization

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

Homecare Homebase (HCHB)

  • 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 IDT Console

Medical Director Responsibilities

General Inpatient Care (GIP)

  • 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 Care for the Hospice Patient

Interdisciplinary Team Meeting (IDT)

Pain Assessment & Opioid Stewardship


CME, Meetings & Resources